Sec. State Kerry Heads to Colombia and Peru: View His Pre-Departure Address Today

Dec. 10, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Peru and Mexico on Dec. 11 and 12th to “advance U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere” and support “international responses to climate change.  (See announcement of trip here.) He will give a pre-departure address on the 20th Anniversary of the Summit of the Americas at 2:45 pm (EST) today, live streamed on www.state.gov.

In Peru, Sec. Kerry will meet with President Ollanta Humala to “highlight the importance of our growing bilateral relationship” and congratulate will focus largely on climate change issues.  In Colombia, he will meet with President Juan Manuel Santos to underscore U.S. support for the government of Colombia’s effort “to achieve a lasting peace that will bring greater security and prosperity to its citizens.”

U.S. Influence in Latin America

For those in the DC area, Cong. Sam Farr will host a hearing on “U.S. Influence in Latin America” at 10am, next Wed., Dec 17 in the Congressional Meeting Room North of the Capitol Visitors Center.  Panelists include:

  • Carl Meacham, Director, Americas Program, Center for Strategic & International Studies;
  • Joy Olson, Executive Director, Washington Office on Latin America.

The session will be moderated by Mark P. Sullivan, Specialist in Latin American Affairs at the Congressional Research Service.

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About Ginny Bouvier

Love reading, writing, thinking, and working with people to make the world a better place. Family and friends, yoga, travel, photography, perusing dessert menus keep me sane. Latin American enthusiast. Peace practitioner yearning for justice. Heading up the Colombia program at the U.S. Institute of Peace, but tweets and posts are my own.
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