October 31, 2019 11:25
The president of the United States, Donald Trump, called the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, to express his support in the midst of the wave of protests and denounced that there are “foreign efforts to undermine the institutions” in the country, the White House said Thursday, October 31, 2019.
"Yesterday President Donald Trump called the President of Chile, Sebastián Piñera to express his support after his decision to cancel the APEC and COP 25 leaders summit," said White House spokesman Judd Deere.
Protesters clash with riot police during protests against the government's economic policies, around the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, on October 29, 2019. Photo: AFP
The official said the United States supports Chile, which is an important ally, in its work to "restore the national order," adding that Trump "denounced foreign efforts to undermine Chilean institutions, democracy and society."
The Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, denounced last week a "pattern" of destabilization from Venezuela and Cuba, oriented first to Colombia and Ecuador and then to Chile, attributing to these countries a responsibility in the mass anti-government mobilizations in the region.
In the case of protests in Ecuador, unleashed by a rise in gasoline prices, after the Lenin Moreno government signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund, a senior US official said that demonstrations were fueled by the former president Rafael Correa and his allies in Cuba and Venezuela.
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