Obama Begins Quick Visit to Costa Rica

By: Julie Pace, Associated Press Email
By: Julie Pace, Associated Press Email
President Barack Obama is opening a two-day trip to Costa Rica, his first stop in the Central American nation as president.

MGN Online

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) - President Barack Obama is opening a two-day trip to Costa Rica, his first stop in the Central American nation as president.

Air Force One touched town in the capital of San Jose on Friday afternoon. Obama's brief stay in Costa Rica follows a visit to Mexico that focused on the economy, immigration and the fight against drug trafficking and organized crime.

While in Costa Rica, Obama will hold bilateral talks with President Laura Chinchilla and expanded talks with other Central American leaders. The president will also participate in an event with Costa Rican youth.

Obama is the first U.S. president to visit Costa Rica since Bill Clinton in 1997. He'll spend Saturday meeting with regional business leaders before returning to Washington.


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