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Chilean, US presidents to meet in Washington in June

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera delivers a press conference at La Moneda palace in Santiago on March 5, 2013
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera delivers a press conference at La Moneda palace in Santiago on March 5, 2013. Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will meet US leader Barack Obama to discuss tourist visas and trade during Pinera's first official visit to

Chilean President Sebastian Pinera will meet US leader Barack Obama to discuss tourist visas and trade during Pinera's first official visit to the US in June, Chile's foreign ministry said Tuesday.

Pinera "will have the opportunity to meet with President Barack Obama, as well as with US Secretary of State John Kerry" and with the Senate and House foreign affairs committees during his two days in Washington on June 3 and 4, Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno told reporters.

The White House did not immediately confirm the announcement.

Obama invited Pinera to visit during his own trip to the South American nation in March 2011.

On the agenda, Moreno said, are negotiations on Chile's entry into the US "visa waiver" program, which currently allows foreign nationals from 30 countries to forgo a US tourist visa.

"Chile has been fulfilling each of the stages," Moreno said, adding "we hope to establish a new step in this visit to the United States.

Also to be discussed are progress towards the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, and cooperation on technology and education. Pinera will also participate in academic and business forums in Washington.

The Chilean leader will also head to Canada, El Salvador and Panama during his trip, Moreno said.

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