Secretary of State Travels to South America

Secretary Blinken met with officials in Ecuador and Columbia.

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken traveled to South America for the first time in his position as head of the State Department. On Tuesday, the secretary met with President Guillermo Lasso and Foreign Minister Mauricio Montalvo in Quito, Ecuador. On Wednesday and Thursday, Secretary Blinken met with President Iván Duque and Vice President-Foreign Minister Marta Lucía Ramírez in Bogotá, Columbia.

The subjects the secretary of state discussed with the national leaders included governance, counternarcotics, opportunities for trade and investment, the advance of regional security and human rights, migration, and climate.

During the High-Level Dialogue in Columbia, Secretary Blinken stated, “The core focus of this trip for me, my first trip to South America as Secretary of State, is how we can make democracies deliver for our people.  That is our common challenge; it’s our common responsibility.  And that’s true in our countries, and it’s true across the hemisphere.  And we know that one way we can deliver is by working closely with our partners and allies on the biggest challenges we face.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary of State Blinken as he engages in diplomatic efforts with South American leaders.
  • For officials in the State Department as they seek to strengthen alliances and cooperation with neighboring countries.
  • For God to fulfill His purpose in and through the United States.

Sources: State Department


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