Biden will be joined on the tour by his daughter Ashley Biden. The visit will “emphasize the importance of the US partnership,” as well as the three countries’ commitment to democracy, “in a region where democratic setbacks are increasingly common,” the statement said.
In Ecuador, Biden will meet with President Guillermo Lasso and deliver a keynote address focusing on democracy and the challenges facing Latin American immigration, according to an official. The trip comes as the Biden administration faces a number of challenges on the immigration front, including heated debates over Title 42, Trump-era epidemic restrictions that allow immigrants to return to the U.S.-Mexico border due to the public health crisis.
Biden will also attend an elementary school that is hosting a US-sponsored accelerated learning program that helps Ecuadorian, Venezuelan and Colombian adolescents – who were previously out of school for at least two years – to rejoin the formal school system, he said. Released, she will be on a tour with Ecuador’s First Lady Maria de Lordes Alciver de Lasso.
In Panama, Biden will hold a joint event with the country’s First Lady Yazmin Colনn de Cortizo. He will visit a healthcare center in Panama City that is supported by the PEPFAR program in the United States.
In Costa Rica, Biden plans to meet one by one with President Rodrigo Chavez, who took office on May 8.
On Sunday, Biden will visit Costa Rica’s National Children’s Hospital, part of a visit by then-President John F. Kennedy to the country in March 1963. Biden is due to comment after his visit.
Biden’s tour of Latin America will serve as a precursor to the US summit to be held in Los Angeles in June. The summit is held every three to four years and brings together leaders from North, South and Central America as well as the Caribbean. The United States is hosting the summit for the first time since its inception in 1994.