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Foreign relations of Uruguay


Foreign relations


This article deals with the diplomatic affairs, foreign policy and international relations of Uruguay. At the political level, these matters are officially handled by the Ministry of Foreign Relations, also known as Cancillería, which answers to the President. The Minister of Foreign Relations, since March 2010, is Chancellor (es: Canciller) Luis Almagro.


  • Overview 1
  • Latin-America 2
  • Europe 3
  • Asia 4
  • Rest of world 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Uruguay traditionally has had strong political and cultural links with its neighbours and Europe. British diplomat Alfred Mitchell-Innes was Minister to Uruguay throughout the crucial years of World War I (1913–1919).

With globalization and regional economic problems, its links to North America have strengthened. Uruguay is a strong advocate of constitutional democracy, political pluralism, and individual liberties. Its international relations historically have been guided by the principles of nonintervention, multilateralism, respect for national sovereignty, and reliance on the rule of law to settle disputes. Uruguay's international relations also reflect its drive to seek export markets and foreign investment. It is a founding member of MERCOSUR. In June 1991, MERCOSUR and the United States signed the Rose Garden Agreement (also known as the "Four Plus One" Agreement). The agreement was non-operational until June 2001 when MERCOSUR invited the U.S. to discuss the feasibility of market access negotiations. The first U.S.-MERCOSUR meeting was held on September 24, 2001, and resulted in the creation of four working groups on industrial trade, e-commerce, agriculture, and investment.

Uruguay is a member of the Rio Group, an association of Latin American states that deals with multilateral security issues (under the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance). Uruguay's location between Argentina and Brazil makes close relations with these two larger neighbors and MERCOSUR associate members Chile and Bolivia particularly important. An early proponent of the Enterprise for the Americas Initiative, Uruguay has actively participated in the follow-up process to the periodic Summits of the Americas, especially the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). Often considered a neutral country and blessed with a professional diplomatic corps, Uruguay is often called on to preside international bodies. Most recently, Uruguay was selected to chair the FTAA and WTO agricultural committees and a Uruguayan presides over the WTO General Assembly. Uruguay also is a member of the Latin American Integration Association (ALADI), a trade association based in Montevideo that includes 10 South American countries plus Mexico and Cuba.

Disputes - international: Uncontested disputes with Brazil over tiny Isla Brasilera at the mouth of the Quarai/Cuareim River near the Argentina tripoint, and, 225 kilometers upriver, over the 235 km2. Invernada River region, as to which tributary is the legitimate source of the Quarai/Cuareim River.

In the 1960s, the US Office of Public Safety helped in training Uruguayan police officers. Dan Mitrione taught torture methods used against the civilian population and the Tupamaros.


Country Formal Relations Began Notes

Uruguay and Argentina established diplomatic relations on July 20, 1811. Uruguay gained its independence after the Cisplatine War, with Argentine aid. During the Uruguayan Civil War, Argentina supported the National Party. The countries were allied during the Paraguayan War.

Since the end of the 19th century, both countries have shared a similar pattern of European immigration. They have very close economic, cultural and political ties with each other. Between the 1960s and the 1990s there was much Uruguayan immigration to Argentina. Today, there are around 120,000 people of Uruguayan descent living in Argentina.

In 2006 the countries had their first diplomatic tensions over the Pulp mill dispute, which was resolved in 2010.

 Brazil See Brazil–Uruguay relations
  • Brazil and Uruguay are neighboring countries that share close historical, cultural and geographical ties. The singularity of the bilateral relationship between the two countries originates from the strong historical connection - marked by important events, such as the establishment of the Colônia do Sacramento in 1680, the annexation by Brazil and the subsequent creation of the Província Cisplatina in 1815, and Uruguay's independence from Brazil in 1828.[1]
  • The signing of the Treaty of Asunción in 1991 initiated a period of closer political, economical and diplomatic ties.
  • Embassy of Brazil in Montevideo Official website
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Brasília Official website
 Chile See Chile–Uruguay relations
 Mexico 1831-02-22

Both countries established diplomatic relations on February 22, 1831.

  • Mexico has an embassy in Montevideo.[2]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Mexico City and an honorary consulate in Monterrey.[3]
  • Both countries are full members of the Organization of Ibero-American States.
  • On July 15, 2004, both nations signed a Free Trade Agreement with each other.[4]
 Paraguay See Union of South American Nations.
 Peru See Union of South American Nations.


Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Czech Republic See Czech Republic–Uruguay relations
  • The Czech Republic has an embassy in Montevideo and an honorary consulate in Maldonado.[9]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Prague.
 Finland 1935-03-21
  • Uruguay recognised the independence of Finland on August 18, 1919.
  • Finland is represented in Uruguay through its embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and honorary consulate general in Montevideo.[11]
  • Uruguay is represented in Finland through its embassy in Stockholm, Sweden, and honorary consulate general in Helsinki.
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland about relations with Uruguay
 France 1825 See France–Uruguay relations
  • France has an embassy in Montevideo.[12]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Paris and 3 honorary consulates (in Bordeaux, Marseille and Toulouse).
  • Both countries are full members of the Latin Union.
  • French Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Uruguay
 Germany 1850 See Germany–Uruguay relations
Germany has an embassy in Montevideo. Uruguay has an embassy in Berlin, a general consulate in Hamburg and six honorary consulates (in Bremen, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt am Main, Munich, Potsdam and Stuttgart). Germany is Uruguay's principal trading partner in the European Union.[13]
 Italy 1861 See Italy–Uruguay relations
 Russia See Russia–Uruguay relations Russia has an embassy in Montevideo and Uruguay has an embassy in Moscow.[15] Russia is looking for cooperation with Uruguay in the field of nuclear energy, the Russian ambassador to Latin America said: "Our countries could maintain cooperation in the sphere of nuclear energy although Uruguay's legislation bans the use of nuclear energy". The diplomat said Uruguayan officials had shown interest in a floating nuclear power plant, when the project's presentation took place at the Russian Embassy recently. The first floating plant will have capacity of 70 MW of electricity, and about 300 MW of thermal power. The cost of the first plant is estimated at US$400 million, but could later be reduced to $240 million. This year marks the 150th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Russia and Uruguay.
 Spain See Spain–Uruguay relations
 Sweden See Sweden–Uruguay relations
  Switzerland 1828 See Switzerland–Uruguay relations Both countries share a long history of mutual economic relations, and they established diplomatic relations in 1828.[18] In the twentieth century, Uruguay has looked to Switzerland as a model for government, historical and cultural ties go back to at least the nineteenth century.[19] There are 956 people with Swiss passports residing in Uruguay in 2009. Uruguay was described as the "Switzerland of the Americas" in a 1951 New York Times article for its popularity as a haven for capital fleeing Europe at the time and its adoption of Swiss-inspired banking laws. Thomas J. Knight also wrote that "Uruguay has for most of its history been the 'Switzerland' of South America."[20]
 Ukraine See Foreign relations of Ukraine
  • Ukraine is represented in Uruguay through its embassy in Buenos Aires (Argentina).[21]
  • Uruguay is represented in Ukraine through its embassy in Moscow (Russia) and through an honorary consulate in Kiev.
  • There are around 10,000 people of Ukrainian descent living in Uruguay.
 United Kingdom 1825 See United Kingdom – Uruguay relations
  • The United Kingdom has an embassy in Montevideo.[22]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in London.
  • British Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the relation with Uruguay


Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Armenia 1992 See Armenia–Uruguay relations
 Israel See Israel–Uruguay relations
 Japan 1921-09 See Japan–Uruguay relations
  • Japan has an embassy in Montevideo.[27]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Tokyo.
  • There are a few hundred people of Japanese descent living in Uruguay. (See also Japanese Uruguayan)
  • Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs about relations with Uruguay
 Lebanon 1945 See Lebanon–Uruguay relations Lebanon has an embassy in Montevideo and Uruguay has an embassy in Beirut [1].
 People's Republic of China 1988 See China–Uruguay relations
 South Korea 1964-10-07 See South Korea–Uruguay relations

Rest of world

Country Formal Relations Began Notes
 Australia See Australia–Uruguay relations
 Canada 1953 See Canada–Uruguay relations
  • Canada has an embassy in Montevideo.[29]
  • Uruguay has an embassy in Ottawa, two consulates general in Montreal and Toronto, and an honorary consulate in Vancouver.[30]
  • Canada and Uruguay have a Foreign Investment Protection Agreement (FIPA) which came into force in 1999; a bilateral Social Security Agreement that came into force in January 2002; and a bilateral Audiovisual Co-Production Agreement to encourage joint film productions, which came into force in October 2005.
  • Both countries are full members of the Organization of American States.
  • Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade about relations with Uruguay <>
 Egypt See Egypt–Uruguay relations
 New Zealand See Foreign relations of New Zealand
 SADR 2005
 United States See United States – Uruguay relations Uruguay cooperates with the U.S. on law enforcement matters, such as regional efforts to fight drug trafficking and terrorism. It has also been very active in human rights issues.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 Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA): customs issues, intellectual property protection, investment, labor, environment, and trade in goods. In late 2004, Uruguay and the U.S. signed an Open Skies Agreement, which was ratified in May 2006. In November 2005, they signed a Bilateral Investment Treaty (BIT), which entered into force on November 1, 2006. A Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) was signed in January 2007. More than 80 U.S.-owned companies operate in Uruguay, and many more market U.S. goods and services.

See also


  1. ^ Embaixada do Brasil em Montevideo: Relações Bilaterais
  2. ^ Embassy of Mexico in Montevideo (in Spanish only)
  3. ^ Embassy of Uruguay in Mexico City (in Spanish only)
  4. ^ Relación Bilateral entre México y Uruguay (in Spanish only)
  5. ^ Paraguayan embassy in Montevideo (in Spanish only)
  6. ^ Uruguayan embassy in Asuncion (in Spanish only)
  7. ^ Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Relations about relations with Uruguay (in Spanish only)
  8. ^ Peruvian embassy in Montevideo (in Spanish only)
  9. ^ Czech embassy in Montevideo (in Czech and Spanish only)
  10. ^ a b
  11. ^ Embassy of Finland in Buenos Aires, Argentina (in Finnish, Swedish and Spanish)
  12. ^ < French embassy in Montevideo (in French and Spanish only)
  13. ^ "Uruguay".  
  14. ^ Italian embassy in Montevideo (in Italian and Spanish only)
  15. ^ Embassy of the Russian Federation in Montevideo
  16. ^ Embassy of Spain in Montevideo (in Spanish only)
  17. ^ Embassy of Uruguay in Madrid (in Spanish only)
  18. ^ "Uruguay and Switzerland — cultural and economic Benefits from new Market opportunities".  
  19. ^  
  20. ^ Thomas J. Knight, Latin America comes of age (Scarecrow Press, 1979), 24.
  21. ^ Ukrainian embassy in Buenos Aires, also accredited to Uruguay (in Spanish and Ukrainian only)
  22. ^ British embassy in Montevideo
  23. ^ Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations: directions of the representation of Armenia in Uruguay
  24. ^ Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations: directions of the representation of Uruguay in Armenia
  25. ^ Israeli embassy in Montevideo (in Spanish only)
  26. ^ "Joint Statement Israel-Uruguay, 4 May 1986".  
  27. ^ Japanese embassy in Montevideo (in Japanese and Spanish)
  28. ^ South Korean embassy in Montevideo
  29. ^ Canadian embassy in Montevideo
  30. ^ Uruguayan embassy in Ottawa
  31. ^ Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Egyptian embassy in Montevideo
  32. ^ Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Affairs: direction of the Uruguayan missions to Egypt

External links

  • Uruguayan Ministry of Foreign Relations
  • British Embassy in Montevideo
  • Embassy of Argentina in Montevideo
  • Embassy of the Czech Republic in Montevideo
  • Embassy of France in Montevideo
  • Embassy of Ireland in Buenos Aires, Argentina (serves as Embassy to Uruguay also)
  • Embassy of Japan in Montevideo
  • Embassy of the Netherlands in Montevideo
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Brasilia, Brazil
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Ottawa, Canada
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Paris, France
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Santiago, Chile
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, DC
  • German Embassy in Montevideo
  • Permanent Mission of Uruguay to the United Nations
  • Uruguayan Embassy in Moscow, Russia
  • United States Embassy in Montevideo
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