US vice-President Mike Pence is to come to Brazil on May 30 for his first visit to the country. The trip comes in the context of US President Donald Trump's pledge to tighten up with Syria and the debate by Latin American leaders on the need to give more attention to Venezuelan immigrants seeking support in other countries in the region.
The topics will be discussed at the 8th Summit of the Americas, in Lima, Peru, slated to kick off on Friday (Apr. 13).
Trump is yet to visit Latin America. His presence at the summit was expected to bring more attention to the region. Pence, however, will attend the event in his place in Peru on Saturday.
In a recent statement, US Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Director Jarrod Agen said Pence's visit should bolster the US commitment to the Americas.
Last year, Pence flew to Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Panama.