Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez begins his week-long Latin American tour in Chile Monday, the official’s first international trip outside of Europe since taking power in June.
In an effort to strengthen bilateral relations, the head of the Spanish government will travel from Chile to Bolivia, Colombia, and Costa Rica, selecting the four Latin American countries for their social, geographical, and political differences.
Sanchez explained that by exploring the various regions, he will be taking a constructive and multidimensional approach to Latin American relations which he feels reflect his dedication to both integrations and multilateralism amid global challenges.
Spain’s presence in Latin America has been severely lacking and the European nation intends to nurture a balanced, fair relationship with its counterparts across the continent as, next to the European Union, it is the most important region to Spain, Sanchez said.
Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, together with his congressional ministers and senators, will meet with the Spanish official during a meeting at the Palacio de la Moneda for a press conference later on Monday.
On Tuesday, the heads of state will discuss commercial endeavors as well as foreign investment and trade in support of Spanish companies abroad. Later, Sanchez will visit the Bolivian city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra where he will discuss the construction of an international bioceanic train which will travel through Bolivia to connect Peruvian Port Ilo with Brazil’s Santos.
Sanchez leaves for Colombia Wednesday where he will meet with the newly-elected President Ivan Duque to mediate the country’s stalled peace negotiations between the Colombian state and the National Liberation Army (ELN).
Finally, the Spanish president ends his trip in Costa Rica on Aug. 30 and 31, where he will visit President Carlos Alvarado and tour the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, according to EFE.