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Trump to visit Latin America

IANS  |  Washington 

US will embark on his first visit of his presidency to next month, the has announced.

According to the announcement on Friday evening, the will first travel to for a summit meeting of Western Hemisphere nations, reports The News York Times.

Trump will then proceed to and meet his counterpart who had previously visited in May 2017.

"This travel demonstrates the President's resolve to deepen our historical ties with our partners in the region and to strengthen our joint commitment to improve security and prosperity for the people of the Americas," the said in statement.

The statement pointed to the significance of establishing relationships with countries that "share our values and believe that the promise of a safe and prosperous future rests in strong democracies, fair and reciprocal trade, and secure borders".

American presidents have attended the Western Hemisphere meeting, known as the Summit of the Americas, in previous years, made history there in 2015 by meeting with of

The visit comes after Trump reportedly called the Latin American nations as "shithole countries" in an immigration meeting in January, sparking wide protests in the region.

The US-ties have also been tested by Trump's proposal to build a wall on the Mexican border, his order to impose steep tariffs on and aluminium and some Latin American nations' joining of a regional trade deal, from which withdrew in January 2017.

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First Published: Sun, March 11 2018. 08:16 IST
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