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President to meet political leaders and Irish community in Chile

President Michael D Higgins has a busy schedule on the day two of his South American trip.

President Higgins with his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera in Santiago yesterday
President Higgins with his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera in Santiago yesterday

PRESIDENT MICHAEL D Higgins will spend day two of his visit to Chile meeting with some of the country’s political leaders and later with members of the Irish community.

Yesterday President Higgins started his two-week South America trip by meeting with President Sebastian Pinera and being the guest of honour at a dinner hosted at the presidential palace.

This morning at 9.15am local time (1.15pm Irish time) President Higgins will deliver an address at the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean in Santiago.

Later he will meet with the president of the Chilean senate and the president of the chamber of deputies before further meetings with the acting mayor of Santiago.

At this meeting he will be honoured as a distinguished guest of the city of Santiago.

Later President Higgins, who is being accompanied by his wife Sabina, will visit the Museum of Memory and Human Rights before he is the guest of honour at an Irish Community Reception in the Centro Gabreila Mistral.

The centre is named after the Chilean poet who was the first and, so far, only Latin American woman to win the Nobel Peace Price in Literature in 1945.

Tomorrow President Higgins will visit the graves of Chile’s former president Salvador Allende, a leftist leader who was deposed by military junta in the 1970s, and the poet and diplomat Pablo Neruda.

On Sunday, the President will travel to Brazil for the second leg of his two-week trip.

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