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Joint Statement on the 2024 Western Hemisphere PSI Workshop and Tabletop Exercise – United States Department of State

The text of the following statement was issued by the Government of the Republic of Chile and the Government of the United States of America on the occasion of the Proliferation Security Initiative Workshop and Tabletop Exercise (PSI) in the Western Hemisphere 2024.

The Republic of Chile and the United States of America co-hosted a Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI) Western Hemisphere Workshop and Tabletop Exercise (TTX) in Santiago, Chile, March 20 and 21, 2024. This meeting was co-chaired by the Ambassador of Chile. Ignacio Llanos, Director of International and Human Security, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), and head of the American delegation, Mr. Michael Droz, Deputy Director for Operations of the United States Southern Command.

The PSI meeting fulfilled a commitment made by Chile following the previous PSI event for the Western Hemisphere held in Miami in January 2023 and brought together more than 80 representatives from 12 countries, mainly from America North, Central and South, as well as the Caribbean.

Ambassador Ignacio Llanos, Director of the International and Human Security Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, delivered opening remarks highlighting the importance of PSI in the Western Hemisphere to advance global security in a South American perspective, and the importance of the international effort to end the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. associated materials and delivery systems. Mr. Droz highlighted the importance of PSI events in the Western Hemisphere and cooperation between PSI partners in the region. He also noted that ISP is one of the activities specifically highlighted in the US Department of Defense’s CWMD 2023 strategy, and that ISP commitments are essential to countering the spread of WMD and associated materiel. .

During the event, civil and military leaders from Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Honduras, Peru and of the United States examined modern weapons of mass destruction (WMD). proliferation pathways, better understanding of WMD interdiction obligations, exploring legal frameworks and partner best practices, and strengthening ties between the counter-WMD community in the Western Hemisphere.

Workshop briefs, roundtable discussions, and scenario-based table discussions focused on intragovernmental information sharing, best practices, and decision-making regarding potential

Proliferation activities related to weapons of mass destruction in the region, including Chile’s perspective on the regulation of dual-use and defense materials.

In addition, various Chilean agencies analyzed the implications of the upcoming enactment of the Chilean law creating the Strategic Trade Commission and regulating the export of dual-use and defense-related materials and other issues, which are directly related to the themes discussed during the ISP workshop. This law, they stressed, would allow Chile to advance in its efforts to adhere to different export control regimes.

The PSI was established in 2003 to stop or prevent transfers of WMD, their delivery systems, and related materials flowing to and from states and non-state actors of proliferation concern. So far, 111 states have approved the PSI Banning Principles Declaration. Chile and the United States encourage all countries in the Western Hemisphere to support the PSI as a visible commitment to further develop relationships with like-minded states to foster the increased collaboration needed to address challenges proliferation.

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