Jill Biden heads to Latin America on a three-country tour

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Biden will join the tour with his daughter Ashley Biden. Gezi will “emphasize the importance of US partnership” as well as the three countries’ commitment to democracy “in a region where democratic setback is increasingly widespread”, he says.

According to an official, Biden will meet with President Guillermo Lasso in Ecuador and deliver a keynote addressing the challenges of democracy and Latin American immigration. The trip came as the Biden administration faced several challenges on the immigration front, including a heated debate over Title 42, a Trump-era pandemic restriction that allowed immigrants to be turned away from the US-Mexico border due to the public health crisis.

Biden will also visit a primary school that “hosts a US-funded accelerated learning program that helps Ecuadorian, Venezuelan and Colombian youth who have been out of school for at least two years to rejoin the formal school system.” A visit to Ecuador’s First Lady, Maria de Lourdes Alcivar de Lasso.

Biden will hold joint events in Panama with the country’s first lady, Yazmín Colón de Cortizo. He will also visit a healthcare facility in Panama City supported by the United States’ PEPFAR program.

Biden plans to meet one-on-one with President Rodrigo Chaves, who took office in Costa Rica on May 8.

On Sunday, Biden will tour Costa Rica’s National Children’s Hospital, which was part of then-President John F. Kennedy’s visit to that country in March 1963. Biden is scheduled to make statements after his tour.

The First Lady’s trip comes just after a solo visit to Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine earlier this month. In Ukraine, he had an unannounced meeting with Ukraine’s first lady, Olena Zelenska, who came out of hiding to meet Biden in person.

Biden’s visit to Latin America will also herald the Americas Summit, which will be held in Los Angeles in June. The summit meets every three to four years and brings together leaders from the Caribbean as well as North, South and Central America. This year, the USA will host the summit for the first time since its establishment in 1994.