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Chile – United States relations
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Chile-United States relations , which can be traced to the nineteenth century, have improved in the period 1988 to the present to be better than any other time in history. In the late 1980s and early 1990s the United States government applauded the rebirth of democratic practices in Chile, despite having facilitated the 1973 Chilean coup d'état, the build-up to which included destabilizing the country's economy and politics.

Regarded as one of the least corrupt and most vibrant democracies in South America, with a healthy economy, Chile is noted as being a valuable ally of the United States in the Southern Hemisphere. A prime example of cooperation includes the landmark 2003 U.S.A/Chile Free Trade Agreement.

The governments consult frequently on issues including multilateral diplomacy, security, culture and science. Recently the governments have signed agreements on education and green energy.

Presidents George W. Bush of the United States and Michelle Bachelet of Chile meet in Washington, DC.


U.S. Embassy

In addition to working closely with Chilean government officials to strengthen their bilateral relationship, the U.S. Embassy in Santiago provides a range of services to U.S. citizens and businesses in Chile. (Please see the embassy's home page for details of these services.) The embassy also is the locus for a number of American community activities in the Santiago area.

The public affairs section cooperates with universities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on programs, including U.S. Speaker, International Visitor, and Fulbright programs. Themes of include trade, international security, democratic governance in the region, judicial reform, law enforcement, environmental issues, and the teaching of English. The public affairs section works daily with Chilean media. It also assists visiting foreign media, including U.S. journalists, and is regularly involved in press events for high-level visitors.

Attachés at the embassy from the Foreign Commercial Service, Foreign Agricultural Service, and the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) work closely with the hundreds of U.S. companies who export to or maintain offices in Chile. These officers provide information on Chilean trade and industry regulations and administer several programs intended to support U.S. companies in Chile.

The Consular Section of the Embassy provides services to U.S. citizens residing in Chile, currently of 12,000 people. It assists Americans voting in U.S. elections while abroad, provides U.S. tax information, and facilitates government benefit and social security payments. About 170,000 U.S. citizens visit Chile each year. The Consular Section offers passport and emergency services to U.S. tourists during their stay in Chile. It also issues about 40,000 visitor visas a year to Chilean citizens who travel to the United States.

Principal U.S. Embassy officials

  • Ambassador--Paul E. Simons
  • Deputy Chief of Mission—Carol Urban
  • Public Affairs Counselor—Laurie B. Weitzenkorn
  • Management Counselor—Eric Khant
  • Commercial Counselor—Mitchell G. Larsen
  • Economic and Political Counselor—Juan A. Alsace
  • Consul General—Christian Bendsen
  • Defense Attaché—Captain Richard W. Goodwyn, USN
  • Military Group Commander—Colonel Jeffrey B. Smith, USAF
  • Agricultural Counselor—Joseph López
  • APHIS Attaché—Karen S. Sliter
  • Legal Attaché—Stanley Stoy
  • Drug Enforcement Administration—Dave Horan

Diplomatic missions

The U.S. Embassy and Consulate are located in Santiago.

See also


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