SANTO DOMINGO – Dominican President Danilo Medina on Monday met with Jill Biden, the wife of U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, and the pair discussed education of women and girls, according to a brief official statement.
Biden was accompanied by U.S. Ambassador to the Dominican Republic James Brewster, while the president brought several members of his cabinet with him: Cabinet chief Gustavo Montalvo; the head of the President’s Office, Jose Ramon Peralta; and Education Minister Andres Navarro.
“The meeting seeks to explore opportunities for cooperation in the area of economic empowerment and increasing educational opportunities for women and girls,” said the official statement.
The U.S. vice president’s wife is on a two-day visit to the country, during which she has already met with Dominican first lady Candida Montilla de Medina, with whom she discussed issues pertaining to women, health and sanitation.
According to official information, Biden also expressed interest in learning about the services offered by the Comprehensive Care for Disabilities Center, or Caid, the creation of which was pushed by Montilla de Medina.
Biden – who is traveling with Catherine Russell, the U.S. ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, and Evan Ryan, assistant secretary of state for cultural and educational affairs – was scheduled on Monday to visit the Superior Technical Community Institute, or ITSC, in the municipality of Santo Domingo Este.
Before traveling to the Dominican Republic, Biden spent three days in Cuba.