April 1st, 2009 12:24 EST
Joe Biden In Latin America
The Vice President in Latin America
On Friday, as Vice President Biden was preparing for to leave for Chile and Costa Rica, he published an op-ed that appeared in eleven papers
throughout Latin America entitled, "A New Day for Partnership in the Americas":
Next month, President Obama will travel to Trinidad and Tobago to meet his colleagues from across the Western Hemisphere at the Summit of the Americas. In advance of that historic meeting, I am traveling to Central and South America to consult with Latin American leaders gathered in Chile and Costa Rica about the Summit and the challenges faced by the people of the Americas.
These meetings are an important first step toward a new day in relations and building partnerships with and among the countries and people of the Hemisphere.
The President and I understand that only by working together can our countries overcome the challenges we face. Today, we are more than just independent nations who happen to be on the same side of the globe. In today`s interconnected world, we are all neighbors who face many common concerns.
The current global economic crisis has touched virtually all of us "every country, every community, every family. Citizens everywhere are searching for answers, looking for hope "and turning to their leaders to provide them. It is our duty as global partners to heed their calls, to together forge a shared solution to a common problem.
The Vice President went on discuss the Recovery Act and the President`s plan to address the problems in the markets, as well as mutual concerns of security, drug cartels, and climate change.
On his trip, the Vice President attended the Progressive Governance conference along with the Presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay, as well as the Prime Ministers of Norway and the United Kingdom. He was hosted by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.