Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Andrew J. Shapiro will travel to Colombia and Brazil, May 30-June 3.
While in Colombia May 30-31, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will visit Tolemaida Airbase to observe Colombian training activities and will meet with senior civilian and military officials in Bogota to build on security cooperation initiatives aimed at meeting shared security challenges.
In Brazil June 1-3, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will hold consultations in Rio de Janeiro, then will lead the U.S. delegation at the U.S.-Brazil Political-Military Dialogue in Brasilia.
In Rio de Janeiro, Assistant Secretary Shapiro will deliver a speech at the Superior War College to a group comprised of military officers and professors. In Brasilia, the Assistant Secretary will engage with Brazilian interlocutors on a variety of issues, building on the success of the previous dialogue, held in 2006 in Washington, D.C.
The U.S.-Brazil Political-Military Dialogue focuses on a wide range of political-military issues, including shared strategic challenges in the region and continuing efforts to enhance partnerships in security cooperation, defense capacity building, and peacekeeping.