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Title: URUGUAY: TOUR D'HORIZON WITH FM FERNANDEZ

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SUBJECT: URUGUAY: TOUR D'HORIZON WITH FM FERNANDEZ 
 
REF: MVD 0193 AND PREVIOUS 
 
Classified By: POL/ECON ALFRED SCHANDLBAUER, FOR REASON 1.4(b) 
 
Summary 
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¶1. (C) In a May 5 meeting with Charge, Uruguayan FM Gonzalo 
Fernandez formally requested that President Obama visit 
Uruguay in August 2009, in conjunction with a possible trip 
to Brazil. Charge and Fernandez also discussed preparations 
and possible dates for an upcoming U.S.-Uruguay Trade and 
Investment Committee (TIC) meeting; Fernandez,s views on the 
importance of the issues being discussed at the OAS General 
Assembly meeting in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, (June 2-3); the 
visit this month of Senator Lugar's staffer Carl Meacham 
concerning possible inclusion of Uruguay in the trade 
preference program; Uruguay's participation in the 
inauguration of Salvadoran President-elect Funes; and 
possible Uruguayan involvement in any future meetings on the 
Pathways to Prosperity initiative.  End Summary. 
 
Possible Obama Visit 
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¶2. (C) FM Fernandez stressed that his top priority is to 
arrange for President Obama to visit Uruguay in August. 
Fernandez said that while talking to President Tabare Vazquez 
on the margins of the T&T Summit, President Obama mentioned 
the likelihood that he would accept an invitation by 
President Lula to visit Brazil in August.  President Vazquez 
has told his Cabinet that President Obama was amenable in 
principle to visiting Uruguay at that time (assuming the trip 
to Brazil occurs).  For Fernandez and Vazquez, arranging a 
visit by Obama is now a &top goal."  Charge promised to pass 
on the invitation and the importance that the GOU attaches to 
this potential visit. 
 
Upcoming Trade and Investment Committee Meeting 
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¶3. (U) Fernandez said that he will lead the Uruguayan 
delegation to the upcoming Trade and Investment Committee 
meeting (TIC), scheduled for June 5 in Washington.  He will 
include chief negotiator Alvaro Ons, one or two Ministry of 
Agriculture officials, and a representative from the Ministry 
of the Environment in that delegation.  As a side note, the 
Charge mentioned that the TIC will be an excellent 
opportunity to advance on sanitary/phyto-sanitary (SPS) 
issues important to both countries.  USG officials are 
looking at ways to be responsive to Uruguay's chief 
veterinary official,s recent offer to discuss ways to move 
forward on removing SPS hurdles to U.S. beef exports to 
Uruguay, as well as access for Uruguayan boneless lamb into 
the U.S. market.  She also encouraged the GOU to provide its 
oft-promised ideas for moving forward on the e-commerce 
agreement soon, and to approve some language conformity fixes 
on the customs facilitation agreement. 
 
OAS General Assembly 
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¶4. (C) Fernandez noted that he will also be attending the 
June 2-3 OAS General Assembly meeting in San Pedro Sula, 
Honduras.  He said it was important to be there because the 
OAS will decide at that meeting whether to fully incorporate 
countries that hitherto have held observer status (he 
mentioned Spain as an example).  Fernandez framed that as a 
significant development that would take the steam out of 
initiatives from elsewhere in Latin America to create a 
parallel OAS-like organization that excludes the U.S. and 
Canada. 
 
Staffdel Meacham 
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¶5. (SBU) Fernandez agreed to meet with Staffdel Carl Meacham 
while he is in Uruguay May 26-28.  Meacham informed post that 
he will be looking at the possible inclusion of Uruguay in a 
preference program, modeled on the benefits provided under 
the Andean Trade Preferences Act, and will use his time in 
country to determine how best to focus such preferences. 
Note: the Embassy is also arranging meetings for Meacham with 
Minister of Economy Alvaro Garcia; Minister of Industry 
Daniel Martinez; chief trade negotiator Alvaro Ons; the 
AmCham; media; and site visits to textile/apparel plants. 
 
Funes Inauguruation 
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¶6. (SBU) The Charge asked whether Fernandez planned to attend 
the June 1 inauguration of Salvadoran President-elect Funes, 
mentioning the possibility that the GOES will organize a 
Pathways to Prosperity event on May 31.  Fernandez replied 
that President Vazquez usually asks Vice President Nin Novoa 
to represent Uruguay at inaugurations.  Fernandez said there 
is a possibility he could attend as well if there is a 
Ministerial meeting in San Salvador at that time. 
Matthewman