Chile’s President Miguel Sebastian Piñera arrived in London this weekend for a previously planned visit to a hero’s welcome. The visit that typically would get little press coverage is getting front page treatment throughout all of Europe.
The President is in England to discuss trade and economic issues with England’s Prime Minister David Cameron and just added an audience with the Queen of England to his agenda, made at her request. Piñera is bringing a special gift to both of his hosts: a piece of rock from the San Jose mine.
Prime Minister Cameron was one of the first heads of state to congratulate President Piñera after spending 22 hours receiving the 33 miners as they emerged from the mine. The trip to London is to commemorates Chile’s bicentennial.
After leaving London, Piñera will make brief visits to France and Germany, also bringing their respective heads of state a rock from the San Jose mine.