March 11, 1985 – February 28, 2005
|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
March 1, 2005 – March 3, 2008
March 3, 2008 – March 3, 2010
July 26, 1934|
|Died||February 5, 2013
|Political party||Socialist Party|
Socialist Party Leader; Senator
Foreign Minister of Uruguay
Relations with Cuba and Venezuela; trade issues
As Foreign Affairs Minister in the first government of the Frente Amplio Gargano favored a stronger integration of Uruguay in the Mercosur, and opposed any free trade agreement with the US on ideological grounds. Gargano also promoted the close alignment of Uruguay with Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez and his anti-American “Movimiento Bolivariano” league of nations which include Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Ecuador.
Arms from Iran controversy
In 2007 a pressing issue arose for Gargano's Foreign Affairs Ministry, when the loading of Iranian arms onto a Uruguayan Navy vessel visiting Venezuela, in contravention of a UN-sponsored arms embargo provoked international comment.
- "Murió Reinaldo Gargano". Elobservador.com.uy. Retrieved 2013-02-08.
- Chileans Rule Out Sea Access Talks with Bolivia Angus Reid Consultants
- Chronicle on Cuba - November 2004 Foreign Affairs November 1 Cubasource
- "Uruguay caught buying Iranian arms". The Washington Times. October 12, 2007. Retrieved February 8, 2013.