Sunday, March 20th 2011 - 08:04 UTC

Obama will be accompanied by 120 Secret Service agents in Santiago de Chile

United States Secret Service agents are collaborating with Chilean police to establish security measures for US President Barack Obama when he arrives in Santiago next Monday.

Foreign Affairs minister Alfredo Moreno

Obama, currently in Brazil will deliver a major address outlining the importance of Latin America to the United States.

The Chilean police department is fine-tuning security details that will include encrypted communication codes, special surveillance and profiling suspects who might undermine security.

Chilean Foreign Minister Alfredo Moreno said Chile and the United States share common interests, such as education, energy and technology, curbing international crime, caring for the shared environment, human rights and democratic governance, economic development and social inclusion.

“We hope to strengthen this partnership between Chile and the U.S., and we are really forward-looking, taking into account the new realities that we have in our region,” Moreno said in a press release.

Obama and his entourage will be accompanied by 120 Secret Service agents, while Chilean security agents will form one squadron of police shooters. Chile’s investigative police will also protect 83 street crossings to help identify possible threats.

Eight security vehicles will also be travelling alongside Obama as a convoy.

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago is also inviting Chileans to welcome Obama through social media such as Twitter or by posting videos on Facebook. (Santiago Times)

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1 gaugin (#) Mar 20th, 2011 - 09:17 am Report abuse
pourquoi travel to best friend chile with tal cantidad of security?
and chile lo mismo :why?
2 Redhoyt (#) Mar 20th, 2011 - 11:43 am Report abuse
Must be a dangerous place !
3 gaugin (#) Mar 20th, 2011 - 12:03 pm Report abuse
david rockefeller loves it!
4 GeoffWard (#) Mar 20th, 2011 - 01:12 pm Report abuse
120 only !

Brasil had many more than that - and regularly re-timed and re-located events to minimise the risk of a 'Lost Bullet'.

There will be/is a great sigh of relief when the ''first family' leave the country in one-piece/peace.
5 Zethee (#) Mar 20th, 2011 - 02:13 pm Report abuse
This is not unusual is the same in most nations.
6 briton (#) Mar 20th, 2011 - 09:47 pm Report abuse
But others may well ask why is Obama travelling south America and not in Europe with other leaders. but leaving it up to mrs Clinton.
something to do with the dislike of the British I be thinking .
7 ManRod (#) Mar 21st, 2011 - 10:10 am Report abuse
This is kind of a try to repair the Bush incident some couple of years ago.
I still remember that Bush's Security Gorillas made up an incident in the Moneda back then, when they disrespected the palace guard and security then.

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