CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Mon. Jan. 11, 2010: A U.S. State Department official is set to begin a week-long to two Latin American countries today.
Deputy Secretary of State, James B. Steinberg, will begin a week-long trip to Colombia and Peru today, Monday, January 11. Both countries, the U.S. says, `are important partners and have contributed greatly to our shared goals in the region.`
Steinberg arrives in Colombia this evening and will meet with Colombian President Uribe and senior Colombian government officials the following day to discuss the current state of the U.S.-Colombia bilateral relationship and issues of mutual interest.
During the remainder of his trip, the will also meet with representatives of civil society, human rights organizations, and the private sector to hear their perspectives on developments in Colombia and on ways to continue to strengthen relations between the two nations.
Steinberg will then travel to Peru, where he will meet with high level Peruvian officials on January 14. There he will discuss the bilateral relationship, U.S. programs in Peru, and ways to deepen cooperation based on shared values and interests, including democracy, counternarcotics, trade, and economic development.
The visit to Peru and Colombia comes as U.S. Trade Rep. Ron Kirk will join Mexican officials in a ceremony commemorating the opening of the Anzalduas International Bridge in Reynosa, Mexico, today, Monday, Jan. 11.
The Anzalduas International Bridge connects the cities of McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico. In December, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. General Services Administration opened the Anzalduas Land Port of Entry in McAllen – the first LEED – certified green land port of entry on the Southern Border and the first new Land Port of Entry on the Southern Border in 10 years.