Senior officials attend the conference from the United States and other countries in the region.
Tuesday is the 51st annual Washington Conference on the Americas, where Vice President Kamala Harris spoke. Other high-level representatives of the US administration and leaders from other countries of the Western Hemisphere are also taking part in the conference.
“America is coming back,” Kamala Harris said, echoing the wording used by President Joe Biden and emphasizing that the United States intends to play once again an active role in solving the entire range of international problems.
Vice President Harris ‘ speech focused on the main causes of migration from the countries of the Northern Triangle-Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador – as well as from Mexico.
In particular, the Vice President focused on the issue of human rights in the countries of the Western Hemisphere and the need to put an end to violence, especially against the most vulnerable groups of the population, such as Native Americans and LGBT people.
As noted in the press release of the conference, the event provides participants with the opportunity to hear first-hand details about the Biden administration’s political agenda in the hemisphere and initiatives for cooperation with regional partners in 2021 and beyond.
In addition to the virtual event, which takes place on May 4, at the end of the year, it is planned to hold a reception at the State Department, where the main report of the conference will be presented. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, US Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the President’s Special Climate Envoy John Kerry, and some other senior officials are also attending the conference.