Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken will travel to Colombia, Chile and Peru October 3-7, 2022. On October 3-4, Secretary Blinken will meet with President Gustavo Petro, Vice President Francia Márquez and Minister of Foreign Affairs Alvaro Leyva in Colombia. Secretary Blinken’s meeting will be Focus on our shared priorities of supporting strong democratic governments and respect for human rights across the Western Hemisphere, addressing the climate crisis, supporting regional efforts to address irregular migration, and implementing a holistic approach to combating drug trafficking and addressing its impacts on health, safety and environment. Secretary Blinken will emphasize continued cooperation with the Colombian government to more fully implement the 2016 peace agreement, and reiterate U.S. support for Colombia’s Temporary Protected Status policy for Venezuelan immigrants, a model for the region.
On October 5, Secretary of State Blinken will meet with President Gabriel Borrick and Minister of Foreign Affairs Antonia Urejora in Santiago, Chile. He will reaffirm U.S. support for democratic governance, bilateral opportunities for trade and investment, regional security and human rights, regional immigration management, and climate change mitigation. Minister Blinken will visit Chile’s National Electricity Coordinator, where U.S.-owned companies help advance our shared goal of becoming more reliant on renewable energy. He will also meet with alumni of the U.S.-sponsored Young Leaders Initiative of the Americas to discuss how their innovations are bringing economic growth and positive change to their communities.
On October 6, Secretary Blinken continued his regional tour in Lima, Peru, leading the U.S. delegation to the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly. He will highlight the United States’ commitment to the Organization of American States and this year’s theme, “Together Against Inequality and Discrimination.” He will chair the Summit Implementation Review Group, a ministerial-level meeting to discuss the implementation of commitments made at the Ninth Summit of the Americas, and reaffirm the important role of the Organization of American States in advancing democracy, human rights, sustainable development and security cooperation. Western Hemisphere, in line with the principles enshrined in the OAS Charter and the 2001 American Charter for Democracy.
Minister Blinken will also co-lead the Immigration Ministerial on the Los Angeles Declaration, working with our regional partners to address irregular migration. In addition to meeting with OAS Secretary General Almagro, Minister Blinken will engage with Peruvian President Pedro Castillo and Foreign Minister Cesar Landa to discuss strengthening regional security, strengthening democratic governance, Protect the environment and promote inclusive economic development.