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Trump to travel to Latin America

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

US will travel to next month on his first trip to to attend a summit in the Peruvian capital Lima, the has said.

Trump will meet Peruvian and attend the 'Summit of the Americas' in and will then travel to to meet with Juan Manuel Santos, it said.

The regional summit, which began in 1994, is seen as the leading forum for the US to influence events across the region.

"The trip will be the President's first to Latin America, and he will participate in a series of bilateral, multilateral, and cultural engagements," said yesterday.

It demonstrates Trump's resolve to deepen US' historical ties with its partners in the region and to strengthen their joint commitment to improve security and prosperity for the people of the Americas, she said.

"The President is looking forward to meeting with partners and allies who 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," Sanders said.

Trump has been critical of Latin American policies over drugs and trade and has vowed to crack down on illegal immigration from the region to the US.

Mexico, US' main trading partner in Latin America, was upset after Trump accused it of stealing US jobs.

He threatening to pull out of the North American Free Trade Agreement and insisted paid for a border wall he plans to build to keep out illegal immigrants.

This summit has run into a controversy over Venezuelan President

Peruvian leaders have repeatedly said Maduro is not invited to the summit because of his differences with the US government, but Maduro recently said he was determined to attend.

The US has backed Peru's decision to cancel Maduro's invitation to the summit, though several Latin American countries have asked that the host country reconsider that rebuff.

The last Summit of the took place in in 2015, when then-President used the opportunity to meet Cuban leader for the first time.

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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 21:35 IST