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Thursday, December 01, 2022

US to discuss regional security during visits to Colombia and Ecuador

United States Department of State Undersecretary for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will begin a trip to the Caribbean and South America this Monday to hold dialogues on regional security and migration with senior officials in the region.

On Wednesday, the undersecretary will arrive in Quito, Ecuador, where she will meet with President Guillermo Lasso and Foreign Minister Juan Carlos Holguin for the signing of an open skies agreement that allows for the expansion of passenger and cargo flights between the two countries. and encourage job opportunities.

Nuland will also lead the US delegation that will “participate in bilateral expanded political dialogue to reaffirm US support for democratic governance, regional security, human rights, migration management, and support for vulnerable populations.”

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After that, the Under Secretary will be in Colombia on November 17 and 18, where she will meet with President Gustavo Pedro and Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva in Bogotá. In addition, in Cartagena, he will attend the closing ceremony of hospital cruise USNS Comfort.

The State Department explained that these commitments will focus on shared priorities, including regional security, strong democratic institutions, socioeconomic and political inclusion of Afro-Colombians and indigenous peoples, and the continued importance of implementing the 2016 peace accord.

Prior to his trip to Ecuador and Colombia, Nuland will be in Kingston, Jamaica, on Tuesday, where he will meet with Prime Minister Andrew Holness and Foreign Minister Kamina Johnson-Smith. There they will talk about bilateral opportunities to improve trade and investment, strengthen regional security, combat transnational criminal organizations and the fight against climate change.

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Leaders of Nuland, Canada and CARICOM will convene a virtual meeting from there to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Haiti.

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