President Biden will meet with Chilean President Gabriel Boric even as the South American leader’s government recalls its diplomats from Israel, a measure several countries have initiated.
The leaders will have a bilateral meeting Thursday to discuss a range of topics, with climate change and “irregular migration” chief among them, according to a White House announcement late last month.
There are seemingly no plans — at least publicly — for the two leaders to discuss the Middle East crisis, which grows increasingly severe as Israel continues to carry out operations in the Gaza Strip following a Hamas terrorist attack Oct. 7 that killed 1,400 Israelis.
“President Biden should take the opportunity to address Israel’s war with Hamas in Gaza with President Boric who, like other left-leaning leaders in Latin America, has taken a very anti-Israel public stance,” Emanuele Ottolenghi, senior fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies who focuses on U.S.-Latin America relations, told Fox News Digital.
“Chile is a repository of one of the world’s largest reserves of lithium, which is essential to President Biden’s green transition agenda,” he explained. “Moreover, Chile has serious water problems that can be addressed through new technologies. This is an area where the U.S. and Chile can work together. Biden understands the United States needs to respond to China’s growing economic influence in Latin America,” he said.
The State Department and did not respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment by time of publication.
Andrea Vacchiano and Chris Pandolfo contributed to this report.
Peter Aitken is a Fox News Digital reporter with a focus on national and global news.