The new US administration will begin this Sunday its first major Latin American tour with US Vice President Mike Pence at the head of the week-long tour, that will end in Panama.
"I have come to Bedminster, and I will meet with American President Donald Trump this afternoon to talk about my next trip on behalf of him to Central America and South America," Pence wrote on his Twitter account after landing in New Jersey where the president spends his vacations.
Pence had lunch with Trump and was scheduled to participate in a two-hour meeting on international issues with national security adviser H.R. McMaster, and White House chief of staff John Kelly.
The tour is aimed at "holding meetings with foreign leaders" and will run until Friday 18 next week. Pence will visit the cities of Cartagena and Bogota (Colombia), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Santiago (Chile), and will end his tour in Panama City.
The vice president will hold meetings with the leaders of those countries and with the business community to reaffirm the "commitment of the president (Trump) to deepening bilateral ties of trade and investment in the region," said the White House last June in a statement.
Pence will also express the support of the Trump government "to cooperation in security, business relations, agriculture and infrastructure development" in Latin America.
Before the trip, Pence had lunch last Tuesday with three lawmakers involved in congressional Latin America committees: Republican Senator Marco Rubio, Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan, and Democrat Democrat Albio Sires.
Duncan said he had spoken to Pence about "important issues on the continent that impact the national interests of the United States, including the crisis in Venezuela”.
The United States did not sign the statement, but it was pending the meeting and welcomed its outcome on Thursday.
"We continue to urge governments on the continent and around the world to take strong actions to force accountability on those who undermine democracy, violate human rights, have responsibility for violence or repression, or commit corrupt practices," a source from the State Department told Efe.