- Reinaldo Gargano
Reinaldo Apolo Gargano Ostuni (born
Paysandú, 26 July 1934) is a Uruguayanpolitical figure [ 'Reinaldo Gargano', Wikipedia (in Spanish) [http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reinaldo_Gargano] , ] .
Gargano went into exile in
Spainin 1974 following a coup d'état.
He returned to
Uruguayseveral years later.
ocialist Party Leader; Senator
Gargano has been President of the
Socialist Party of Uruguay(PSU) since 2001. He has served as a member of the Uruguayan Senate since 1984.Fact|date=February 2007
Foreign Minister of Uruguay
He served as the
Foreign Ministerof Uruguay[http://www.angus-reid.com/polls/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewItem&itemID=13556 Chileans Rule Out Sea Access Talks with Bolivia] Angus Reid Consultants] from March 2005 until March 2008, in the government of the President of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez.
Relations with Cuba and Venezuela; trade issues
1 November 2004Gargano said, "Our people will warmly welcome the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between Uruguay and Cuba." [http://www.cubasource.org/publications/chronicles/coc200411fa_e.asp Chronicle on Cuba - November 2004 Foreign Affairs November 1] Cubasource]
As Foreign Affairs Minister in the first government of the Frente Amplio Garagno favored a stronger integration of Uruguay in the Mercosur, and opposed any free trade agreement with the US on ideological grounds. Garagano also promoted the close alignment of Uruguay with
VenezuelanPresident Hugo Chávez and his anti-American “Movimiento Bolivariano” league of nations which include Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador.
Arms from Iran controversy
In 2007 a pressing issue arose for Gargano's Foreign Affairs Ministry, when the loading of Iranian arms onto a
Uruguayan Navyvessel visiting Venezuela, in contravention of a UN-sponsored arms embargo provoked international comment.
Gargano resigned from the Government of President
Tabaré Vázquezin March 2008. He was succeeded as Foreign Minister by Gonzalo Fernández.
Politics of Uruguay
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