Secretary Pompeo's Travel to Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia

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Secretary Pompeo's plane prepares to depart for Washington, DC on March 23, 2019.
Secretary Pompeo's plane prepares to depart for Washington, DC on March 23, 2019.

Secretary Pompeo's Travel to Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia

Secretary Pompeo will travel to Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Cucuta, Colombia, April 11-15 to deepen U.S. partnerships in the Western Hemisphere. The Secretary’s visit will celebrate and reinforce shared commitments to democracy and human rights, highlight increased opportunities for prosperity and security for our citizens, and rally support for democracy in Venezuela. The United States remains a steady and enduring partner in the Hemisphere and works with regional allies to advance prosperity, security, and freedom. 

On April 12, Secretary Pompeo make his first stop in Santiago, Chile. Chile is a regional leader with an open economy, robust democratic institutions, and a strong rule of law, making it one of the most prosperous countries in the region. While there, Secretary will meet with President Pinera and Foreign Minister Ampuero to highlight Chile’s regional leadership, our strong economic ties, bilateral partnerships in science and technology, and security cooperation, including on cyber issues. Chile’s participation in the Visa Waiver Program, our security partnership, and our commercial relationship underscore the strong institutional and people-to-people ties that bind our two countries together.

On April 13, Secretary Pompeo will visit Asuncion, Paraguay. This is the first visit to Paraguay by a U.S. Secretary of State since 1965, heralding a strengthening and reinforcement of our shared values and bilateral relationship. Paraguay and the United States share a deep partnership and cooperate to combat transnational crime and terrorist financing in the Tri-Border Area. Secretary Pompeo will reinforce our strong partnership to combat transnational crime and corruption, strengthen economic ties, and support Venezuelan democracy in meetings with President Abdo Benitez and Foreign Minister Castiglioni.

Secretary Pompeo will also visit Lima, Peru on April 13. Peru and the United States have maintained diplomatic relations since 1826. The Secretary will meet with President Vizcarra and Foreign Minister Popolizio to discuss Peru’s support for Venezuelan refugees, the country’s ongoing leadership role in the Lima Group, and our cooperation regarding transnational crime, economic growth, and other bilateral issues. The United States supports a strong, sovereign Peru that upholds democratic institutions, both at home and beyond its borders. Our nations work together to build Peru’s capacity to reduce the influence of transnational criminal organizations, and encourage greater investment opportunities for U.S. businesses.

On April 14, Secretary Pompeo will also make a brief stop in Cucuta, Colombia -- the primary point of entry in Colombia for those forced to abandon Venezuela - to visit entities supporting Venezuelan refugees and assess the challenges due to the closed border. The Secretary will meet with some of the organizations doing the hard work to provide assistance to the people who have been forced from their homes and thank to the people and the Government of Colombia, who have received over $1.5 million Venezuelans expelled by Mr. Maduro’s misgovernment and incompetence.

The Secretary’s trip to the Western Hemisphere is an opportunity to focus on positive engagement in the region and to demonstrate the U.S. government’s commitment to working with likeminded regional partners to achieve a more prosperous, secure, and democratic future.

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