Summary

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

U.S. Department of State

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