Sunday 22 January 2017

President to hand out rocks from Chile mine

Published 18/10/2010 | 05:00

The Chilean president will present rocks from the San Jose mine to British prime minister David Cameron and Queen Elizabeth as he embarks on a European "victory tour". Sebastian Pinera hopes to use kudos gained by the smooth rescue of the 33 miners to forge trade links with Britain, France and Germany.

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The triumphant tone of the visit was set with a visit to the Cabinet war rooms in Whitehall last night. Mr Pinera revealed he kept a copy of Churchill's 1940 "blood, toil, tears and sweat" speech by his side as rescuers battled to save the miners.

He also met Alex Ferguson who presented him with a signed jersey.

Irish Independent

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