What Did Blinken Accomplish on His South America Trip?
International Trade Partner Francisco Sánchez spoke with The Dialogue's Latin America Advisor about a recent meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Presidents Guillermo Lasso of Ecuador and Iván Duque of Colombia. The trip’s agenda focused on democracy and good governance, as well as regional issues such as migration and human rights. Mr. Sánchez commented that Secretary Blinken's visit to Latin America helped solidify the U.S. partnership with both nations. "During his trip, Blinken delivered a message of democratic values and the importance of tackling the shared challenges of migration, Covid-19 and climate change," he said.
He also discussed what was accomplished during Secretary Blinken's trip and why this meeting was important. "The high-level visits did not result in any large diplomatic breakthroughs, but they signaled the positive trajectory of relations and set the stage for future collaboration between the Biden administration and Ecuador and Colombia."