Presidents and personalities arriving to the the 5th Summit of the Americas
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- 04 / 17 / 2009
The three-day event, which opens today, brings together 34 leaders from the Western hemisphere. Yesterday, most leaders of Caricom had already arrived in Port of Spain, in time for a meeting of Caribbean heads on Friday morning. Other leaders, including Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, are expected to arrive later in the day.
Obama left for Trinidad and Tobago after a short visit to Mexico to discuss with President Felipe Calderon issues concerning the fight against drug cartels. U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will also arrive in the afternoon.
Aside from attending the opening ceremony, Obama plans to hold three separate group meetings in addition to the official closed-door session between all participating heads of government. The group meetings are likely to be with Caribbean leaders, Central American leaders and a third group composed of heads of state of South America and Mexico.
Ban is due to arrive late on Friday and speak at a luncheon for summit leaders at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on Saturday.
The UN chief would speak at luncheon for summit leaders on Saturday, he will also attend Saturday's three plenary sessions and hold bilateral meetings with some heads of government, including Prime Minister Patrick Manning of the host country.