The first lady of the United States, Jill Biden, will begin a trip on Wednesday.
that will take her to Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica until May 23, the White House reported in a statement on Tuesday.
The trip is being organized shortly before the Summit of the Americas, which will be hosted by the United States and will be held in Los Angeles from June 6-10.That is why during this trip, according to the statement, Jill Biden will emphasize the importance of collaboration between the United States with these three nations and her commitment to democracy.
The acts of the first lady will focus above all on the visit to educational or social centers that carry out programs supported in several cases by the US administration.
The wife of the US president, Joe Biden , leaves tomorrow, Wednesday, for Quito, where on Thursday she will meet with the president of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso and his wife, María de Lourdes Alcívar , at the Carondelet Palace.
Jill Biden plans to give a speech at the palace after visiting a children’s center with the first lady of Ecuador and learning about measures to improve children’s education.
She will also go to a school that helps adolescents from Ecuador, Venezuela and Colombia who had dropped out of school to re-enter the system.
On Friday, she will travel to Panama and meet with her counterpart from the country, Yazmin Colón de Cortizo , at the presidential palace. Both will also visit a school where a program promoted by the Panamanian first lady is being developed that allows schoolchildren to undergo medical eye and hearing tests.
On Saturday, Jill Biden will visit a shelter where AIDS patients are cared for with the help of a US-funded program, and then travel to Costa Rica.
In San José, the first lady of the United States will visit a residence in which the Department of State collaborates and that helps women entrepreneurs, and later she will meet with the country’s president, Rodrigo Chaves, and his wife, Lady Signe Zeikate.
On Sunday, Biden will visit a children’s hospital in San José and give a speech, and on Monday he will visit a community center that promotes the improvement of security in the city and that also receives help from the US State Department.
Jill Biden has recently multiplied her public engagements, notably with a visit to Ukraine , where her husband has not been since the beginning of the Russian invasion on February 24.
The trip takes place in the prelude to the Summit of the Americas, to which the heads of state and government of the continent should be invited.
Preparations for that summit have recently become a headache for the administration of President Joe Biden.
Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has threatened to boycott the meeting if the dictatorships of Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua are not invited.
According to US diplomacy, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela “do not respect” the Inter-American Democratic Charter ; the regional document for the defense of the institutionality in force since September 2001.