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The U.S. State Department is announcing that U.S. diplomat Wendy Sherman, who is a Under Secretary for Political Affairs Ambassador, will visit Colombia January 29-30, Mexico January 31-February 1, and Brazil February 2-4.
During Under Secretary Sherman’s visit to Colombia, she will continue discussions with President Santos and senior government officials in Bogota about preparations for the Summit of the Americas in Cartagena in April 2012.
The Under Secretary’s meetings with government officials and civil society leaders will advance important issues of mutual interest including regional security, combating drug trafficking, protection of human rights, and strengthening our economic relationship, including preparations for the implementation of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.
Under Secretary Sherman will travel to Mexico City to advance the strong U.S.-Mexico partnership. In Mexico City, she will meet with senior government officials, civil society leaders, and journalists. Under Secretary Sherman will also join First Lady Margarita Zavala to inaugurate the National Network Against Addictions (RENADIC) - a Merida Initiative-supported information technology platform to monitor and reduce drug demand.
Under Secretary Sherman’s visit to Brazil will reinforce a constructive partnership with South America’s largest country, and underscore joint efforts to foster economic prosperity through education and increased trade and investment. She will travel to Brasilia and then to Recife in northeast Brazil.