Deputy Secretary's Travel to Mexico and Colombia
Deputy Secretary Bill Burns will travel to Mexico City July 30, 2012. He will meet with Mexican Government officials to discuss the U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship and opportunities for international cooperation. He will deliver remarks and cut the ribbon at the inauguration of the “100,000 Strong in the Americas” Center at the Benjamin Franklin Library, where he will also meet with alumni of educational exchange programs.
From Mexico City, Deputy Secretary Burns will travel to Bogota, Colombia, to lead the U.S. delegation in the third round of the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue (HLPD) on July 31. Delegations from the two countries will have discussions in six working groups covering themes of Democracy, Human Rights and Good Governance; Energy; Social and Economic Opportunities; Environmental Protection and Climate Change; Science and Technology; and Culture and Education. Also participating in the HLPD will be Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Roberta Jacobson, Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Affairs Carlos Pascual, Assistant Secretary for Economic and Business Affairs Jose Fernandez, and representatives from other U.S. Government agencies. Secretary Clinton led the U.S. delegation in the last round of working group discussions in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2011.