President Barack Obama is set to visit countries in South America, including Brazil, Paraguay, Bolivia, Chile, and Peru, as part the “world summit” of the Organization of American States.
The summit will be held from September 14-16 in Lima, Peru, and is intended to “celebrate the historic importance of the OAS, which was founded to promote peace, prosperity and social justice and to promote a more just, peaceful and inclusive world.”
Obama will also attend an international conference hosted by the OSS on the environment, which will be hosted by Peru and Peru.
The president is expected to address a joint session of Congress on September 17.
The U.S. has been at the forefront of efforts to promote democracy, civil liberties and the rule of law, and the president will be in a position to influence those policies in ways that will have significant effects on the world.
“The summit will bring together leaders from across the OCS, and provide a platform for countries to share their vision for the future and their efforts to improve the lives of people and promote peace and justice around the world,” OAS Secretary-General José Miguel Insulza said in a statement.
“We look forward to welcoming the President of the United States to our continent.”
Obama has been visiting Latin America for the last several months, as he has been trying to expand his influence in the region, which is expected continue to grow with the continued global economic and political crisis.
Obama and his wife, Michelle, are expected to visit Peru in September and Peru in October, while he will visit Paraguay in March.