Blinken's goals for his visit are to reinforce cooperation, promote inclusive economic growth, combat the covid-19 pandemic,
economic recovery and action on climate change. - U.S. Secretary of State photo -
Published Tuesday, June 1, 2021
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Antony Blinken, the U.S. Secretary of State will arrive in the country today at 12:30 p.m. at the Juan Santamarķa International Airport to then meet with President Carlos Alvarado.
On his agenda, Blinken will also meet Rodolfo Solano-Quiros, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, representatives of the Central American Integration System, SICA, and Mexico. "Together, they will advance a collaborative approach to addressing the root causes of migration, including improving democratic governance, security, and economic opportunity for the people of Central America," the U.S. Embassy said in its statement.
Blinken's goals for his visit are to reinforce cooperation, promote inclusive economic growth, combat the covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery and action on climate change.
Recently, President Alvarado announced his request to the U.S. government for a donation of vaccines against covid-19, to advance the vaccination campaign in the country. It is expected that this issue will also be discussed during the visit.
Blinkens arrival is programed to video-streamed today at 1:30 p.m. on the Facebook pages of Casa Presidencial.
Blinken will depart tomorrow at 1 p.m.
This is the third U.S. Secretary of State visiting Costa Rica within a few years.
In January 2020, the former U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo visited Costa Rica. His conversations focused on the situation in Venezuela and Nicaragua, an increase in migratory flows and the efforts in the area on the fight against drug trafficking.
In the meeting, Pompeo was accompanied by Michael Kozak, acting assistant secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs; Sharon Day, the now-former U.S. ambassador among others U.S. government representatives.
Pompeo also visited the Joint Operations Center of the Ministry of Public Security, located in Base 2 of Juan Santamarķa International Airport in Alajuela.
In March 2010, Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State at that time, also visited Costa Rica. She first met with then President Laura Chinchilla. The meeting agenda included topics such as the fight against drug trafficking and the development of the aerospace industry in Costa Rica. Later, Clinton met with former President Oscar Arias.
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