Secretary Blinken Addresses the 52nd Washington Conference on the Americas

The U.S. secretary of state spoke about regional unity ahead of the Summit of the Americas during a private luncheon as a part of the COA conference.


  • Antony Blinken, U.S. Secretary of State
  • Andrés Gluski, Chairman, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

"Delivering growth with equity also demands tapping into one of the most powerful engines for opportunity in the Americas: the private sector," said U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the 52nd Annual Washington Conference of the Americas luncheon. During his remarks, Blinken stressed the United States’ important role as Latin America's largest trading partner.

"We can't take the democratic character of this region for granted," Blinken stated. Indeed, his remarks focused on how the region's democracies can unite against creeping authoritarianism in the region. "If we ...focus on what unites us as democracies rather than divides us, ensuring not only growth but greater equity, deepening regional resiliency in the face of shared challenges, and standing together addressing autocracy and democracy backsliding alike, we will not only strengthen our individual democracies, we will do better at what is our number one responsibility and that is delivering on the fundamental needs and the fundamental hopes of all the people in this hemisphere that we share," he said. He said he plans to carry this sentiment to the June Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.