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Jill Biden arrives in Costa Rica for last leg of Latin America goodwill tour

Jill Biden ends goodwill tour in Costa Rica and has dinner with the country’s new president, Rodrigo Chaves, who was accused of sexual harassment while working at the World Bank

  • Jill Biden arrived in Costa Rica on Saturday for the final leg of her goodwill tour of Latin America.
  • He dined with the country’s new president, Rodrigo Chaves.
  • Chaves was accused of sexually harassing two women when he worked at the World Bank; he denied the charges
  • The World Bank found, in a four-year investigation, that women were not adequately protected and apologized to them.
  • ‘Madam First Lady. What a great pleasure and honor,’ she told Jill Biden upon meeting her.

Jill Biden arrived in Costa Rica on Saturday for the final leg of her goodwill tour of Latin America, where she dined with the country’s new president, Rodrigo Chaves.

Chaves was accused of sexually harassing two women when he worked at the World Bank before entering politics. He denied the charges.

But a four-year investigation by the World Bank, published when Chaves was running for president, found that he failed to protect two young employees who reported sexual harassment by him when he was a high-ranking bank official.

The investigation found then Bank President David Malpass and others did not adequately penalize Chaves, who was demoted but not fired over the allegations. The bank apologized to the two women.

Between 2009 and 2013, Chaves made unwelcome sexual advances and advances, according to the findings.

Chaves left the World Bank in 2019 to become Costa Rica’s finance minister under then-president Carlos Alvarado Quesada.

He has been president of Costa Rica for about 20 days, after winning a second round of elections to lead the country.

He and first lady Signe Zeicate, whom he married in 2015 after he and his first wife divorced in 1996, traveled to the US ambassador’s residence in San Jose for dinner with Biden and the US ambassador. USA Cynthia Telles.

‘Madam First Lady. What a great pleasure and honor,’ she told Jill Biden upon meeting her.

He asked her what she should call Biden and she said, ‘Jill.’

Jill Biden with the new president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves

Jill Biden with the new president of Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves

Costa Rican First Lady Signe Zeicate, left, Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, center, and First Lady Jill Biden pose for a photo at the US Chief of Mission Residence .

Costa Rican First Lady Signe Zeicate, left, Costa Rican President Rodrigo Chaves Robles, center, and First Lady Jill Biden pose for a photo at the US Chief of Mission Residence .

For the photo session, Chaves stood between his wife and Biden, at the entrance of the residence.

“I am a very lucky man,” he said.

He told reporters that, at dinner, they would talk about “more than 150 years of diplomatic relations, how to bring our countries closer together.” … And to welcome our precious guest.

Biden arrived in San Jose on Saturday afternoon, his last stop on a three-country tour that included Ecuador and Panama.

She held an event with women business leaders at the ambassador’s residence before her dinner with Chaves.

Jill Biden speaks with women business leaders at an event at the United States Ambassador's residence in San José, Costa Rica

Jill Biden speaks with women business leaders at an event at the United States Ambassador’s residence in San José, Costa Rica

Jill Biden was received by the first lady of Costa Rica Signe Zeikate upon her arrival in San José

Jill Biden was received by the first lady of Costa Rica Signe Zeikate upon her arrival in San José

Jill Biden greets her arrival in Costa Rica

Jill Biden greets her arrival in Costa Rica

He praised the women for their work and said that women deserve the same pay as men.

“But when women get the opportunities they deserve, when we pay them what their work is worth, there is no limit to what we can do,” she told the 17 women in the audience.

‘When women earn money, they invest in their families. They become mentors and help others succeed as well,” she added.

After his comments, he mingled with the women. One of them gave her a gray flower brooch that she made. Biden had her light it on her dress.

Biden will be in Costa Rica until Monday.

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