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Backgrounds: Uruguay US Relations
U.S.-Uruguayan relations traditionally have been based on a common outlook and emphasis on democratic ideals. Uruguay works closely with the United States bilaterally and internationally to foster economic growth, trade, and political cooperation. Under President Batlle, Uruguay has been particularly open to increasing ties with the United States. Improved trade ties, whether through a bilateral free trade agreement, MERCOSUR or the FTAA have been the Batlle administration's priority. In 2002, Uruguay and the U.S. created a Joint Commission on Trade and Investment (JCTI) to exchange ideas on a variety of economic topics. In March 2003, the JCTI identified six areas of concentration until the eventual signing of the FTAA in 2005: customs issues, intellectual property protection, investment, labor, environment, and trade in goods. More than 100 U.S.-owned companies operate in Uruguay, and many more market U.S. goods and services.
Uruguay cooperates with the United States on law enforcement matters such as regional efforts to fight drug trafficking and terrorism. It also has been very active in human rights issues, sponsoring UN resolutions on the human rights situation in Cuba in 2002 and 2003.
From 1999 through early 2003, Uruguayan citizens were exempted from visas when entering the United States under the Visa Waiver Program. This exemption was withdrawn on April 16, 2003, based on the high overstay rates for Uruguayans and worldwide national security concerns.
The U.S Embassy in Uruguay is located at Lauro Muller 1776, Montevideo (tel: 598-2 418-7777; fax: 598-2-410-0022). The mailing address for the embassy is UNIT 4500, APO AA 34035.
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