Blogging from 30,000+ feet is the only way to go.
I am with Secretary Clinton and the rest of the traveling party en route to Lima, Peru, the first stop on a four nation visit to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is the latest in a series of trips to Latin America the Secretary has made since taking office, reestablishing the strength of the U.S. partnership with our neighbors in the Americas. The great part is that we waste no time while traveling: the Secretary's U.S. Air Force Boeing 757 functions as a mobile office. On board the flight with us are members of the press corps and several of the Secretary's closest policy and public diplomacy advisors.
We've got a busy week ahead.
While in Lima, I'll accompany Secretary Clinton at the General Assembly of the Organization of American States. We'll also have the opportunity to meet with President Garcia while in Peru.
On Tuesday morning, we'll depart Lima en route to Quito, Ecuador. Following our meeting with President Correa, Secretary Clinton will make an important speech at a cultural center in Quito. The Secretary will lay out the broad outline of the Obama Administration's policies towards the countries of the Americas. Visit www.state.gov for more details on how to tune in as we get closer.
We'll fly to Bogota, Colombia Tuesday evening. Wednesday morning, we'll meet with the two Colombian presidential candidates -- Juan Manuel Santos and Antonus Mockus. Secretary Clinton and I will also meet with current Colombian President Alvaro Uribe.
The last stop of our visit will be Barbados. We'll arrive late on Wednesday, and participate in a meeting of CARICOM nations of the Caribbean on Thursday. Secretary Clinton will have the opportunity to engage on our regional security partnership through the newly launched Caribbean Basin Security Initiative.
Keep up with us while we're on the road (and in the air!) via the Secretary's Interactive Travel Map. Tweet me your questions, or text the Secretary directly. We'll continue to blog throughout the week, so stay tuned to DipNote.