United States Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo
17:36 | Washington D.C. (U.S.), Apr. 9.
will arrive in Lima (Peru) on April 13
. There, he will meet with President Martin Vizcarra and Foreign Affairs Minister Nestor Popolizio, as well as reaffirm both countries' close partnership, the State Department
informed on Tuesday.
Later on April 13, the Secretary is going to wrap up with a dinner with American business leaders in Lima.
It should be noted U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo will also travel to Chile, Paraguay, and Colombia between April 11-14.
"And this is a trip that reaffirms our commitment to the Western Hemisphere. We're showing up, we're engaged, and we're working with like-minded partners to promote economic opportunity and to promote security for citizens and to defend democracy
," the U.S. Senior State Department Official told reporters.
"Now, for the Western Hemisphere, we see this as a critical moment for Venezuela
, for Nicaragua, and for Cuba. Our cooperation with like-minded nations, like the ones that the Secretary's going to be visiting, can help the citizens of less fortunate and less free societies in our hemisphere turn the tide towards democracy
," he underlined.
Within this framework, Chile, Paraguay, Peru, and Colombia belong to a broad and growing regional consensus that says values must be defended and disavow those who would deny their own citizens liberty.
Moreover, the U.S. Senior State Department Official pointed out each of them has overcome those challenges, and they have become strong advocates of the kind of societies that they have built –democratic societies, prosperous societies, societies that defend human rights. Plus, they have records to show that this is not only possible but is very much within the reach of the Venezuelan people.