We support Chilean President Sebastian Piñera who made the difficult decision to cancel the upcoming APEC Leaders’ Week Meetings and COP25 in Chile. We understand Chile’s decision to focus on national concerns, and are confident that the Chilean government and people will resolve ongoing protests with respect for free expression and human rights, within the framework of Chile’s strong, democratic institutions and rule of law. The United States is committed to continuing our longstanding relationship with Chile to promote security, prosperity, environmental stewardship, and good governance within our hemisphere and across the globe.
We recognize the leadership Chile has shown this year in advancing the goals of APEC and COP25. We are proud of our collective accomplishments over the past year in APEC, and we remain committed to working with our APEC partners to promoting free and open trade and investment in the Asia-Pacific region. We have appreciated working closely with them this year and look forward to future collaboration on these and other issues.