Clinton Meets with Chilean Counterpart as Smithsonian Celebrates Chilean Miners

Aug 3, 2011 3:39pm

ABC News' Derek Dash reports:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton welcomed Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno at the State Department Wednesday. The two expressed their enthusiasm for a new exhibit opening at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum this Friday that focuses on the extraordinary rescue of 33 Chilean miners last year.   

“I am delighted to welcome Minister Moreno here to the State Department.  He and I have had the opportunity to meet a number of times over the course of the last year, and it’s always an important meeting because we have so much in common with Chile and so much work we are doing together, as well as the increasing leadership role that Chile is playing both regionally and globally,” the Secretary said.

“We have this fantastic opportunity at the Smithsonian, where we’ll remember what happened last year and where the U.S. and all of your technology and your companies and all your support was so important," said Moreno.

The Smithsonian event, Against All Odds: Rescue at the Chilean Mine, opens this Friday and is scheduled to run indefinitely.  The exhibit will include the actual rescue capsule used to extract the trapped miners, new video footage of the incident, and rock samples from the San José Mine in Copiapó, Chile.

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