Secretary Pompeo traveled to Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Cucuta, Colombia, April 11-15 to deepen U.S. partnerships in the Western Hemisphere. The Secretary’s visit celebrated and reinforced shared commitments to democracy and human rights, highlighted increased opportunities for prosperity and security for our citizens, and rallied support for democracy in Venezuela.
In Santiago on April 12, the Secretary met 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.
Great to meet with President @sebastianpinera and Foreign Minister @robertoampuero today. #Chile’s work in @APEC advances fair and reciprocal trade, and its strong leadership in the Lima Group promotes the restoration of democracy in #Venezuela. Our partnership is strong. pic.twitter.com/etYl53ToXr— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 12, 2019
In Chile, the Secretary delivered remarks on seizing the opportunity for freedom in the Americas where he said, "The Trump administration believes that our two nations and the rest of the Americas have an incredible opportunity, the chance truly to cement a future of democracy, prosperity for all of the people of all of this hemisphere."
While in Chile, the Secretary also participated in interviews with Matilde Burgos of CNN Chile, Jake Tapper of CNN, and Andrea Aristegui of Mega TV where he underscored the important partnership between the United States and Chile, as well as the challenge in Venezuela and how all of us -- Chile, Brazil, Peru, the OAS, the Lima Group -- can work together to get what the Venezuelan people so richly deserve: "their democracy and off of the place they are today, under the thumb of the Cubans and the Russians and the Maduro regime."
The Secretary also visited the U.S. Embassy in Chile and thanked staff for their work.
Met with the men and women serving at @EmbajadaEEUUcl today. I am proud of their work on behalf of the American people to build on our close friendship with #Chile and to promote a safer, more prosperous hemisphere. pic.twitter.com/rKiCfXVVUB— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 12, 2019
In Asuncion on April 13, Secretary Pompeo met with President Abdo Benitez and Foreign Minister Castiglioni to reinforce our strong partnership to combat transnational crime and corruption, strengthen economic ties, and support Venezuelan democracy.
I'm proud to be the first Secretary of State to visit #Paraguay since 1965. Looking forward to deepening the bond between our countries, and excited to hear more about the Kansas Paraguay Partners program (and more than 200 alumni) that makes our friendship even stronger! pic.twitter.com/ct7xS3dLJi— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 13, 2019
In my meetings with President @MaritoAbdo & Foreign Minister @LuisCastiglioni today, I discussed the fight against corruption, as well as our collaboration on regional security, bilateral trade, and democracy in #Venezuela. We appreciate #Paraguay's leadership in the Lima Group. pic.twitter.com/iskeIQqjLr— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 13, 2019
The Secretary also participated in an interview with Gesell Tobias of VOA Spanish to discuss the situation in Venezuela and concluded his visit with a meeting with U.S. Embassy staff and family members in Paraguay.
In Lima on April 13, the Secretary met 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.
In Lima today, I thanked President @MartinVizcarraC and Foreign Minister @NestorPopolizio for #Peru’s outspoken support for restoring democracy in #Venezuela. We discussed broad U.S.-Peru ties and ways to promote bilateral trade and counter transnational crime. pic.twitter.com/X038NSRUaz— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 14, 2019
While in Lima, Secretary Pompeo participated in an interview with Gisella Lopez of El Comercio. In his conversation with Gisella Lopez, he emphasized the purpose of his visit to South America was twofold. The main topic, he stated, was "to be with our friends, democratic countries with free markets; to make sure they understand that we’re a good partner and to talk about trade relationships and the like." The Secretary added, "but also to talk about the threat to those countries from the disaster that is Venezuela, the humanitarian crisis that is Venezuela, the – caused purely by the political disaster that is Nicolas Maduro." The Secretary also met with Embassy staff and families and thanked them for their work.
Thank you to the U.S. diplomats, families, and local staff at @USEMBASSYPERU for your warm welcome and dedication. Your hard work is advancing our partnership with Peru, building regional stability and prosperity, and helping to keep the U.S. safe and prosperous. pic.twitter.com/HCpCEm7q7E— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 14, 2019
Secretary Pompeo also made a brief stop in Cucuta, Colombia, on April 14 to visit entities supporting Venezuelan refugees and assess the challenges due to the closed border.
In Cucuta, I saw the assistance being provided by the Colombian Government, NGOs & U.S. partners to Venezuelans fleeing the man-made disaster while dreaming of a more prosperous, free, & stable #Venezuela. A complete return to democracy is the only way forward. #EstamosUnidosVE pic.twitter.com/eb550JRRbq— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) April 15, 2019
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