CARTAGENA, Colombia – US Vice President Mike Pence arrived on Sunday in the Caribbean city of Cartagena to begin a two-day visit to Colombia and his first tour of Latin America.
Air Force Two landed at 3:40 pm local time at Rafael Nuñez Airport, where Pence was welcomed by Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin.
“On behalf of POTUS (the president of the United States), we’re wheels up en route to Colombia for my meeting later today with Colombia’s president, (Juan Manuel Santos),” Pence tweeted at midday.
After Pence’s plane touched down, Holguin tweeted that Pence’s visit comes in the context of “the strategic relationship between both countries and ... US support for the construction of peace” in the Andean nation, whose government signed a peace agreement with leftist FARC guerrillas last year.
The vice president is accompanied by his wife, Karen, who will meet with art therapists during the five-day trip that also will take the couple to Argentina, Chile and Panama.
Pence will meet Santos at the Presidential House for Illustrious Guests, where the two are to issue a joint statement.
On Sunday night, Pence and Santos will dine along with members of the recently created US-Colombia Business Council, an organization launched in March by the US Chamber of Commerce to build on already close economic bilateral ties and forge an even more robust commercial partnership.