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President of Paraguay Received the OAS Secretary General

  July 23, 2013

President of Paraguay Received the OAS Secretary General
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The Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), José Miguel Insulza, was received today by the President of the Republic of Paraguay, Federico Franco, at the start of his two-day official visit to Asunción.

The Secretary General presented to President Franco the Report on the Drug Problem in the Americas, prepared by the OAS under his leadership following a mandate of the Sixth Summit of the Americas in 2012. They agreed on the importance of the document as a starting point for finding solutions to a problem that affects the whole Hemisphere, and emphasized that the Report has already fulfilled one of its key objectives by having begun a hemispheric political debate on the issue.

During the meeting the two also discussed current events in the region in general, and in Paraguay, in particular. The Paraguayan President highlighted to Secretary General Insulza his country’s positive economic data, and appreciated the respect shown by the Organization for the internal decisions of the country during recent political developments. President Franco expressed in particular his gratitude to the Secretary General for what he considered support for his country in a difficult moment.

The meeting was also attended by Foreign Minister José Félix Fernández Estigarribia; the Permanent Representative of Paraguay to the OAS and current Chair of the Permanent Council, Martín Sannemann; and the representatives of the OAS in Paraguay and Uruguay, Diego Paz and John Biehl, respectively. The meeting was held at the Presidential House in Asunción and coincided with the birthday of President Franco.

Before the meeting with the President, the Secretary General of the OAS held a meeting with the Foreign Minister Fernández Estigarribia.

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Reference: FNE-12645