HC Deb 12 July 1999 vol 335 c59W
Mr. Maples

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps he will take to improve the UK's relations with Chile. [90144]

Mr. Tony Lloyd

My right hon. Friend the Secretary of State had an open and cordial meeting with the new Chilean Foreign Minister, Sr. Valdes, in Rio on 27 June. My right hon. Friend emphasised the need for our two governments to work together to steer our relationship through this difficult period without serious damage. Both agreed to keep open the lines of communication between them.