Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier Travels to Argentina and Colombia

U.S. Department of State

Office of the Spokesperson

May 9, 2019

Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier Travels to Argentina and Colombia

Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier will travel to Argentina and Colombia May 9 through 13 to strengthen regional cooperation in promoting democracy, economic prosperity, and security.

From May 9 to 12, Assistant Secretary Breier will travel to Buenos Aires to deepen the U.S.-Argentine partnership in promoting democratic governance, combating terrorism and transnational crime, and advancing free, fair, and reciprocal trade.  Her schedule includes meetings with senior Argentine government officials, including Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie, Chief of Staff Marcos Peña, Secretary for Strategic Affairs Fulvio Pompeo, Minister of Security Patricia Bullrich, and Energy Secretary Gustavo Lopetegui.  She will also discuss opportunities for increased trade and investment with the business community, and promoting transparent investment in the region.

While in Buenos Aires, the Assistant Secretary will meet with interim President Guaidó’s appointed Ambassador to Argentina Elisa Trotta Gamus to reaffirm U.S. support to the Venezuelan people and the interim government.

On May 13, Assistant Secretary Breier will make her third trip to Colombia, joined by Acting Assistant Secretary for Population, Refugees, and Migration Carol O’Connell, to participate in the Concordia Americas Summit to build cooperation with partners in government, business, and the non-profit sector on shared regional issues.  Assistant Secretary Breier will deliver remarks on trade, innovation, security, human rights, and democracy in the Western Hemisphere, and U.S. support for the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Cuba, in their struggle against tyranny and repression.  She will also meet with government officials, including Colombian President Ivan Duque.  Acting Assistant Secretary O’Connell will speak on U.S. humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans in the region.