Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier Travels to Brazil and Paraguay

Washington, D.C., February 22, 2019 – Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier will travel to Brazil and Paraguay February 24 to March 2 to promote regional prosperity, security, democracy, and human rights.

From February 24 to 28, Assistant Secretary Breier will travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brasilia, and Sao Paulo to deepen U.S.-Brazil cooperation in support of democracy in the Western Hemisphere, especially in Venezuela, and our shared economic prosperity and security.

She will meet with senior government officials including Minister of Justice Sergio Moro, Minister of Foreign Relations Ernesto Araujo, Secretary for Trade and International Affairs Marcos Troyjo, and International Affairs Advisor Filipe Martins, and Federal Deputy for Sao Paulo Eduardo Bolsonaro. Assistant Secretary Breier also will meet with business leaders, public policy experts, students, and members of civil society. In Rio de Janeiro, she will visit the historic Valongo Wharf, site of a U.S.-funded cultural preservation project to restore the area in which up to one million enslaved Africans entered Brazil. Furthermore, she will meet with UNHCR representatives, ambassadors from Lima Group countries, and Venezuelan migrants.

On March 1, Assistant Secretary Breier will travel to Paraguay. She will meet with President Mario Abdo Benitez, Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, Deputy Foreign Minister Hugo Saguier Caballero, Attorney General Sandra Quinonez Astigarraga, and SEPRELAD Minister Maria Epifania Gonzalez de Rodríguez. They will discuss bilateral and regional issues, including security cooperation, support for Venezuela, economic prosperity, and our shared commitment to democracy. She will also engage with civil society leaders, including anti-corruption activists.

Biography: Assistant Secretary Kimberly Breier: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/biog/286618.htm

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