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President Piñera signs agreements on healthcare, education, culture and cooperation with Palestine: “We have made progress on issues that are of interest to both countries”

The President of Chile highlighted the setting up of customs tariff codes in Chile that will allow it to boost trade with Palestine. He also called for peace in the region and reiterated that Chile supports the existence of two free, sovereign and independent states with recognized, secure borders.

On Thursday, President Sebastián Piñera announced the signing of agreements with Palestine on healthcare, technical cooperation and cultural and educational exchanges between the two peoples.

“We have made progress on issues that are of interest to both countries,” the President said during an official visit to Palestine, after meeting with President Mahmoud Abbas in the government palace.

He also announced the creation of customs tariff codes that will boost trade between Chile and Palestine and said that both countries were ready to move forward with a trade agreement.

President Piñera called for peace and reiterated Chile’s position regarding the existence of two free, autonomous and independent states with recognized, secure borders.

“This land needs and deserves peace,” the President said. He was accompanied on his official visit to Palestine by First Lady Cecilia Morel.

The President and First Lady also visited Ramallah, where they left a floral wreath at the tomb of Yasser Arafat, the former President of the Palestine National Authority, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. 

 This is the President’s second visit to Palestine; he toured the country in 2011.

Chile was the first Latin American country to open an office of representation with the Palestine National Authority, which it did in 1998. It has recognized the Palestine state since 2011.

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