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President Obama visit Chile, one of U.S. closest allies in South America.

Barack Obama and Sebastian Pinera met in 2010

Obama´s activities in Chile  are concentrated in the presidential palace of La Moneda, to where he will arrive  around 13:00.

The first one to meet will be President Piñera, and then both will join an expanded meeting with delegations from both countries. Will later meet the former Presidents of the “Coalition” Patricio Aylwin, Eduardo Frei and Ricardo Lagos.

The Air Force One will touch down between 12 and 13 hours, flying from Brazil, the first leg of his tour in Latin America.

The agenda is tight and therefore he will not meet with the Chilean entrepreneurs, despite the aspirations of this sector.

At the air terminal Merino Benitez , President Obama will be received  by a delegation headed by Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno, and then Obama and his family will move to the presidential palace in a caravan of eight vehicles , where it will be received by President Sebastián Piñera and his wife, Cecilia Morel.

The honors of the Palace Guard and the singing of the national anthems of both countries will be the prelude to the official photograph to be taken into the Hall Montt-Varas.

Will be in that moment when Michelle Obama and Cecilia Morel display their agenda and set sail parallel to the Lyceum Summit of Renca Condors, where the First Lady will speak on the importance of education in developing countries, to undertake, later, probably in the company of his daughters, a visit to Museo Interactivo Mirador.

Bilateral Working

From the Hall Montt-Varas, Obama and Piñera will go to the Blue Room to start the work day in a meeting in the form 1 +5, where each president will be accompanied by five representatives.

Chile will be represented, as well as Foreign Minister and Ambassador Fermandois, the general director of Foreign Policy, Alfonso Silva, the director of International Economic Relations, Jorge Bunster, and the director for North America, Isauro Torres.

Obama, meanwhile, will be accompanied by Ambassador Alejandro Wolff, his chief of staff, William Daley, his political adviser, Valerie Jarrett, and two advisers. In that instance, the two leaders discussed ways of cooperation in the following issues: English teaching, environment, science and technology, the U.S. relationship with Latin America, and also the main themes of the international agenda, as the situation in Japan, Iran and Libya.

Once this appointment, Piñera and Obama will join an expanded meeting of delegations to be held simultaneously with the meeting of the Presidents, in the Hall O’Higgins.

Later, the Patio of the Camellias is the backdrop of a joint press conference where Obama officially will say goodbye to Mr. Piñera.

Then, still inside the presidential palace, Obama will give his speech to the Americas, from the Centro Cultural Palacio de la Moneda .

There, Obama finally took the expected sign of the chilean coalition  to receive the former Presidents Patricio Aylwin, Eduardo Frei and Ricardo Lagos.

During Obama´s  speech “to The Americas” , Piñera will be in front row with other latinamerican authorities such as the OAS Secretary General Jose Miguel Insulza (Organization of American States) , the IADB President Luis Alberto Moreno (Interamerican Development Bank) , the ECLAC Executive Secretary Alicia Bárcena, and the ambassadors of all Latin American countries.

The centerpiece of the speech will be the strengthening of the relationship of the United States with the region, putting emphasis on the development of democracy, human rights, technological cooperation and economic progress.

After the speech, he will participate in the gala dinner with 300 guests at the Patio de los Cañones in the presidential palace La Moneda. After the meal, Obama will retire to his hotel, heading off to El Salvador around 9:00 pm on Tuesday, with no further activity in Chile.

Details of the visit to Chile.

Obama´s task force consists of:

a)  four limousines come , which form part of the “capsule” of 8 vehicles that are generally included in their ground transportation, vehicles for which the protection team will bring their own gasoline.

b) the Air Force One, other aircraft “alternative”, a Boeing 757, which is only used in case of failure of the presidential plane.

c) the press and Obama’s staff traveling on a Boeing 737, to which are added two other aircraft, a cargo C-17 and G-III (Gulfstream).

d) finally, several helicopters, most notably the Marine One, a name derived from the Marine squad that operates it.