By Carlos A. Quiroga

Bolivian President Evo Morales spoke Tuesday about US and did not mention imperialism and capitalism.

Evo spoke of improving relations between Washington and the wayward South American country, pointing to replenish their ambassadors.

If Cuba and Iran can send ambassadors to US, why not Bolivia? “We can not be out of these relationships,” he argued.

Bolivian president’s words were echoed immediately by the charge d’affaires of the United States in La Paz, Peter Brennan.

The president and the diplomat spoke after holding a meeting in the government palace. Judging by the smiles and gifts from Morales to Brennan, the meeting was far from the tensions of 2008 that led to the mutual expulsion of ambassadors and then other unfriendly measures that put relations between the two countries at its worst historical cycle.

In the past seven years, Morales expelled the Drug Enforcement Administration and the aid agency USAID, accused Washington of protecting “criminals” as he described the former Bolivian president Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada, and launched “anti-imperialist” proclamations in almost all his speeches, in and out of Bolivia.

United States was not left behind, putting Bolivia out of the list of Andean countries that benefit with trade facilitation and condemning the Souht American country to join the group of nations that do not fulfill their anti-drug duties.

In 2008, the fight was political, mainly. Now, coincidences began by economics.

Trade and environment, Brennan said when listing items of interest on the way for an exchange of ambassadors probably next year.

Morales just managed to remember the extradition of Sanchez de Lozada, not as essential condition, but only as “unfinished agenda”.

After years of tension, without winners or losers, it returns to be clear that in international relations the opportunity and convenience are more important than principles, real or perceived.

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