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May 14, 2024 | Press Releases

It’s in our national security interest to stand by democratic allies in our hemisphere. Today, Paraguay and the United States continue to advance the security, stability, and economic prosperity in our region.

U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and colleagues introduced a resolution welcoming President Santiago Peña of Paraguay to the United States, as well as commemorating the 163-year bilateral relationship between Paraguay and the United States.

  • “Amid the commemoration of Paraguay’s Independence Day, I am pleased to welcome Paraguayan President Santiago Peña. Earlier this year, I was honored to visit Asunción and witness firsthand the importance of our nations’ bilateral ties, which are crucial for continued stability and security in our region.” – Senator Rubio
  • “The United States and Paraguay have a long and rich history based on our mutual support for strengthening democratic institutions, the rule of law, and pursuing economic opportunities for shared growth and prosperity. As this critical relationship continues to grow, so should our joint efforts to counter human trafficking, narcotics trafficking, money-laundering, and other illicit cross-border activities. I welcome President Peña to the United States, and I am excited to continue our countries’ collective work to address the pressing issues facing our hemisphere.” – Senator Cardin 

Joining Rubio and Cardin were Senators Tim Kaine (D-VA), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), and Jeff Merkley (D-OR).

  • “The U.S. and Paraguay share strong ties and a deep commitment to democracy. I’m proud to join my colleagues in welcoming Paraguayan President Santiago Peña to the United States this week. We must continue to support efforts to strengthen U.S.-Paraguay relations, boost trade to support economic growth, and expand cooperation on regional issues.” – Senator Kaine
  • “Paraguay is an important U.S. partner in the hemisphere.They are a vibrant democracy, an ally against the Venezuelan dictatorship, and the only country in South America that continues to recognize Taiwan. This resolution emphasizes that the United States and Paraguay are allies with common goals so that both countries benefit.” – Senator Cassidy
  • “The United States and Paraguay have long had an enduring partnership bolstered by a shared commitment to strengthening democratic values, transparency, and inclusive economic growth. I welcome President Peña and look forward to a future of continued collaboration and prosperity.”  – Senator Merkley

Flashback … This past February, Rubio traveled to Asunción, Paraguay during an official visit where he met with President Santiago Peña and Taiwan Ambassador José Han. 

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