President Morales visits rescued Bolivian miner

09:07, October 14, 2010      

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Bolivian President Evo Morales (L) and Chilean President Sebastian Pinera deliver a speech at the collapsed San Jose mine, 800 km north of the Chilean capital Santiago, on Oct. 13, 2010. Morales and Pinera gave speeches when 13 miners have been rescued as the final stage of the 69-day rescue operation continues. (Xinhua/Martin Zabala)

Bolivian President Evo Morales and his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera on Wednesday visited the temporary hospital set outside San Jose Mine, where they met Bolivian rescued miner Carlos Mamani.

Mamani was the only foreigner trapped together with other 32 Chilean miners in San Jose copper mine in the north of Chile since Aug. 5.

Morales went to Chile to greet Mamani and talk with him and his family, as well as to propose to him that he might like to return to Bolivia.

Chile's Health Minister Jaime Manalich said that Mamani is on good health conditions, however he has to spend two days more in the hospital of Copiapo in order to have a complete medical check- up.

Morales told Mamani that he can return to Bolivia, where he will have a job.

Later during a press conference, Morales said that "the Bolivian people will never forget Pinera's, technicians' and experts' efforts to reach the 33 miners."

Morales also said that his "wish is to return to Bolivia with Mamani." Mamani had said he would return to his country, "but all depends on the medical check-ups."

Morales said that the rescue "was something historical. Bolivia will never forget the effort done by Chilean president, people and government."

Source: Xinhua


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