Sam Farr Joins President Obama in South America this Weekend
April 13, 2012
Cartagena, Colombia might sound like a vacation getaway, but when Congressman Sam Farr, D-Carmel, and President Barack Obama arrive there this weekend, it's not all sun and cocktails. Farr, a recognized congressional expert on Latin America, and Obama will be attending the Summit of the Americas, which brings together leaders of Western Hemisphere nations, according to an announcement from Farr's office.
Farr served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Medellin, Colombia from 1964 through 1966, and he continues pushing for extending and expanding the Peace Corps.
Farr also joined Obama at the Fifth Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago in 2009, where he pushed for an end to the Cuban embargo.
“I’m grateful to once again be invited to join President Obama at this important regional summit,” Farr said in a statement. “The United States has an important role to play in addressing the issues of poverty, human rights and violence that are plaguing many of countries in our hemisphere. But that will require that we work as regional partners and focus our policies on breaking the cycles of poverty, building local capacity, and creating broad-based, inclusive economic development.”