President is off to Europe seeking trade deals

President Luis Guillermo Solís leaves Wednesday for the United States where he is to participate in a seminar. Then he is off to Europe to visit Britain, Italy and the Vatican City to, among other goals, seek investments for Costa Rica.

Kansas State University has invited the president to participate in a seminar on the state of world conflicts and the challenge of security for democracy.

The Ministerio de Comercio Exterior says it has arranged meetings with business people in Britain and later in Italy. In Rome he will meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella. A Casa Presidencial statement said he would promote Italian approval of a trade agreement between the European Union and Central America.

The president is traveling with his wife, two legislative deputies, foreign minister Manuel González and the minister of Comercio Exterior, Alexander Mora.

On the return trip, the president is scheduled to participate in another seminar in New York May 29.

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