Jill Biden heads to Latin America before hemispheric summit




  • In Politics
  • 2022-05-17 20:28:03Z
  • By Associated Press
 

WASHINGTON (AP) - Jill Biden will visit Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama this week to help lay the groundwork as the United States finalizes arrangements for a hemisphere-wide summit being held in Los Angeles in June, the White House announced Tuesday.

The first lady departs Wednesday on her second solo trip abroad this month.

She spent Mother's Day weekend in Eastern Europe executing a high-profile show of U.S. support for Ukrainian refugees, mostly women and children who fled to neighboring Romania and Slovakia to escape Russia's war against their country. The trip included an unannounced trip into western Ukraine by Biden for a surprise meeting with first lady Olena Zelenska.

Biden's trip through Ecuador, Costa Rica and Panama is meant to serve as a warm up of sorts for a gathering of leaders from Latin American and the Caribbean being held June 6-10 in Los Angeles. The weeklong Summit of the Americas is a key part of President Joe Biden's outreach to a region that increasingly is being courted by U.S. adversaries, such as China and Russia.

Throughout the trip, she will highlight U.S. support for programs that help children, women and young people across the countries on her itinerary, according to her schedule.

In Quito, Ecuador, on Thursday, the first lady will meet with President Guillermo Lasso and first lady María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso at the Carondelet Palace. The first ladies will visit a child development center to learn about government efforts to improve childhood nutrition.

Biden will also visit an elementary school that hosts a U.S.-backed accelerated learning program that helps Ecuadorian, Venezuelan and Colombian dropouts return to school.

In Panama City, Panama, on Friday, Biden will visit the Presidential Palace to sit down with first lady Yazmin Colón de Cortizo. They will also tour a school to learn about Cortizo's "See and Hear to Learn" program, which offers students eye and hearing exams, and eyeglasses and hearing aids.

On Saturday, Biden and Cortizo will tour The Good Samaritan Home to visit with residents with HIV/AIDS. The people at the shelter benefit from HIV/AIDS relief programs funded through a U.S. program, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the White House said.

Later Saturday, in San Jose, Costa Rica, Biden will address women who participated in U.S. State Department programs designed to help them become entrepreneurs. Her schedule Saturday also includes a meeting with President Rodrigo Chaves and first lady Signe Zeikate.

On Sunday, Biden will highlight joint work by the U.S. and Costa Rica to combat cancer when she tours the National Children's Hospital of Costa Rica.

On Monday, Biden will visit a community center supported through the Sembremos Seguridad, or "Planting the Seeds of Security" program, which is led by the Costa Rican government with an assist from the U.S. State Department. Local governments, non-governmental organizations and law enforcement work to provide safe spaces and healthy outlets for Costa Rican youth.

She returns to Washington on Monday night.

President Biden was also leaving Washington on Thursday for his first official visit to Asia as president. He has scheduled stops in Seoul, South Korea, and Tokyo through May 24.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Gas prices still painfully high in Austin, nationwide as summer travel begins
Gas prices still painfully high in Austin, nationwide as summer travel begins

In Texas, the gas price average is currently $4.60 per gallon, which is $1.86 more per gallon over last year.

Biden, G7 leaders to agree on import ban on Russian gold - source
Biden, G7 leaders to agree on import ban on Russian gold - source

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden and his G7 counterparts will agree on an import ban on new gold from Russia as they broaden sanctions against ...

Costa Rica asks IMF for $700 million from new sustainability trust
Costa Rica asks IMF for $700 million from new sustainability trust

Costa Rica has told the International Monetary Fund (IMF) it is interested in obtaining a nearly $700 million loan to invest in infrastructure from a newly...

Sens. Warren, Smith urge Biden to declare public health emergency following abortion ruling
Sens. Warren, Smith urge Biden to declare public health emergency following abortion ruling

Two of the leading Democratic senators in the reproductive rights space are urging President Joe Biden to declare a public health emergency as nearly two...

How Biden Is Impacting Social Security in 2022
How Biden Is Impacting Social Security in 2022

President Joe Biden inherited an underfunded, overextended Social Security program that was already crowded with aging baby boomers as dwindling funds dried ...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics