Saturday, September 18

Piñera defends the legacy of Spain in America during his visit to Madrid




The President of Chile, Sebastian Piñera, he did it. His lightning visit to Spain took place, as was his wish, in “maximum secrecy.” Avoiding demonstrations or protests in Madrid was one of the objectives, fulfilled, of an agenda where security against the possible uproar of ultra-left or anti-system movements had priority.

The conversations to close an official agenda, reduced to a cluster of concentrated activities on Tuesday, were held directly between the Palacio de la Moneda with Moncloa on the one hand and Zarzuela on the other.

Piñera, at the lunch offered by the Reyes at Royal Palace, made a defense of hispanidad and expressed his admiration for the historical legacy, as well as the pride of sharing the same language.

“Spain taught us its language and its right, it bequeathed its values ​​and its culture to us and inherited that passion to undertake noble causes with an idealism typical of Don Quixote,” the Chilean president stressed.

Don Felipe addresses Piñera during lunch in his honor
Don Felipe addresses Piñera during lunch in his honor – Efe

As he expressed, when Chileans arrive in Spain, the “mother country,” they somehow feel that they have not left their country completely. “We have a closeness, a friendship and a very special affection with Spain,” he emphasized.

In his opinion, “will, courage, perseverance, passion, resilience were the values ​​that made it possible for Columbus, seeking a route to the Indies, to discover America.”

In times of resurgence of indigenism, the Chilean president’s message was music to the ears. Among other politicians and businessmen invited, was the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Diaz Ayuso, the mayor of the capital, Jose Luis Almeida, and the president of the CEOE, Antonio Garamendi.

The president of Chile held an interview with Pedro Sanchez in which his dismissal from his government can be considered since elections are held in Chile in November. Spain is the third investor in the Andean country that is going through moments of tension and polarization in the framework of a Constituent Assembly where it is proposed to change the name of the country.

Sebastián Piñera landed in Madrid on Saturday afternoon with a private agenda for the weekend. However, he took advantage of the time to meet with Mario Vargas Llosa e Isabel preysler, Jose Maria Aznar and Ana Botella, as well as with the Chilean ambassador, Roberto Ampuero, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Andres Allamand, who accompanied him in all private and official acts.

Interest in managing the pandemic

The next day, the Secretary of State for Health, Silvia Calzón, and the director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies (CAES), Fernando Simon, met at the request of the President of Chile, who had a special interest in knowing first-hand the situation of the pandemic in Spain and his opinion on the different strategies to combat the coronavirus. 85% of Chileans have the double vaccination and the Government, with record numbers in immunity, plans to start with a calendar to apply a third dose.

The president of the PP, Pablo Casado, met with Piñera last Tuesday in Madrid
The president of the PP, Pablo Casado, met with Piñera last Tuesday in Madrid – Efe

The farewell of his strategic partner, the Kings and the President of the Government, in a “framework of discretion”, as Chilean sources recall, included a jump to Paris on Monday, where he met with the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron. At eleven o’clock this day, a Boeing 767 landed, in Madrid, back on the presidential plane. From that moment on, his visit – seen and not seen – to our country officially began.

On Wednesday, around seven in the morning, Sebastián Piñera set out for Santiago de Chile, where he will have to fulfill the mandatory quarantine before celebrating the national holidays on the 18th of this month. On this trip he was not accompanied by the first lady, Cecilia Morel, who was unable to travel with her husband on this trip due to the health of her sister, who is suffering from a terminal illness.

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