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Obama has busy schedule during Chile stop

Posted in News and Articles, Political Risk by politicalrisklatam on March 21, 2011

by The Miami Herald, March 21st, 2011.

President Barack Obama will be outlining the U.S. view of Latin America during his brief stay in Chile, but some are wondering what he won’t say.

Barack Obama on Monday became the fifth U.S. president to visit this far-flung South American nation but the first to use it as a platform for a major policy speech.

Obama and his family touched down in Santiago at 1:10 p.m. local time from Rio de Janeiro. After meetings with Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and members of his cabinet, Obama plans to address the region from the La Moneda cultural center on the grounds of the presidential palace.

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Alliance for Progress speech — which outlined a decade-long plan for Latin America centered on economic cooperation — Obama’s talk is eagerly anticipated here.

In an interview with Chile’s El Mercurio newspaper Sunday, Obama said he would use the opportunity to highlight the need for a “partnership of equals” and focus on areas where the U.S. and Latin America have common interests, including economic growth, energy, security and human rights.

Obama said he chose Chile as a platform because its “successful transition to democracy and sustained economic growth make it a model for the region and the world.” (continue reading… )

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