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June 2018

June 19, 2018

Iván Duque Wins Election to Become Colombia's President

As is customary in Latin America’s strongest and oldest democracy, Colombia’s free and fair elections took place in a peaceful and orderly manner with complete transparency. The results were made known just one hour after the polls closed on Sunday at 4:00pm local time. More than 54 percent of eligible Colombian voters participated in the country’s Presidential election since the nation achieved a historic Peace Agreement in 2016. Emerging from the field were two candidates - Iván Duque and Gustavo Petro who advanced to a June 17 runoff election. In Colombia, if no candidate wins a majority (more than 50 percent) of the votes, there is a runoff. Last Sunday in the runoff election Duque secured 54 percent of the vote and Petro, 41 percent.

 

Ivan Duque will be the first president in Colombia’s modern history to assume the role after the Peace Agreement was signed. The new President will be inaugurated on August 7, 2018, for a four-year term that ends on August 7, 2022. When he takes office in August, Duque will be Colombia’s youngest president in more than a century.

 

Press Release from the U.S. Department of State 

 

U.S. State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert said:
 
The United States congratulates Ivan Duque on his election as the next President of Colombia. We salute Colombia’s strong democracy, and reaffirm our admiration for its people and institutions. The United States looks forward to deepening our vibrant partnership based on our shared democratic values.

Colombia continues to be an example of the ideals that inspire our Hemisphere: democracy through free and fair elections with the peaceful participation of all political leaders and parties and accompanied by credible local and international observation; respect for the will of the people; and protection of the fundamental freedoms of association and expression.

We will work with President-elect Duque to support Colombia’s efforts to combat drug trafficking, strengthen security, protect human rights, and secure the just and lasting peace its people deserve. 
 

 

June 22, 2018

DC Embassy World Cup Soccer Tournament

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Today, the Mayor Bowser administration and DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced they will host and produce the first-ever DC Embassy World Cup from June 17, 2018 – July 14, 2018 at Jelleff Recreation Center’s synthetic field (3265 S Street, NW). 

Embracing the excitement surrounding the FIFA World Cup, 16 embassies out of the 32 participating in this year’s World Cup have confirmed.  The 16 teams will play a 40-game tournament in a 7-vs-7 format, parallel to the FIFA World Cup and in the spirit of FIFA’s Fair Play.
 
“This soccer event will highlight the international and multicultural spirit of Washington, DC on a recreation level like it’s never been done before,” said DPR Director Keith A. Anderson. 
 
The opening ceremony will be held Sunday, June 17, 2018 at Jelleff Recreation Center at 3:30 p.m. It will feature a flag ceremony and the opening game, Russia vs. Uruguay.
 
Teams include:
Group A – Russia, Uruguay, Germany and Mexico
Group B – Belgium, Panama, England, and Colombia
Group C – France, Australia, Peru, and Denmark
Group D – Serbia, Brazil, Switzerland, and Argentina
 
 
For more information please visit: DPR.events. Follow the hashtag #DCWorldCup on social media.  
 
 
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About DPR
 
The DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) provides quality urban recreation and leisure services for residents and visitors to the District of Columbia. DPR supervises and maintains area parks, community facilities, swimming pools and spray parks, and neighborhood recreation centers. The agency also coordinates a wide variety of recreation and educational programs including sports leagues, youth development, therapeutic recreation, aquatic programming, outdoor adventure, camping, and senior citizen activities. Adaptive programs and facilities are available for persons with disabilities.
 

June 22, 2018

Colombia Welcomes U.S. Funding for Critical Initiatives in the Country

Washington, DC — On Thursday, Appropriations Committee of the United States Senate approved the budget bill for the fiscal year 2019 of the State Department and Foreign Operations which allocates for Colombia $391.25 million to support a range of critical initiatives that will further advance the country’s transition to peace. Those initiatives, which reflect the strong bilateral cooperation between Colombia and the United States, focus on a number of issues, including international narcotics control and law enforcement, military education and training, non-proliferation, anti-terrorism and demining and economic development. 
 

“We thank Congress and the Trump Administration and applaud the many Senate champions across both aisles who supported resources for Colombia and voted in favor of Colombia. These resources demonstrate the strength of our alliance and shared security priorities, and they will go a long way to advance the construction of stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

“Colombia is the strongest U.S. ally in Latin America, and the United States can count on Colombia for continued support in confronting security challenges, both in our region and around the world. As a nation at peace, we are an even stronger partner to the United States. 

“We thank lawmakers for their support and look forward to continuing to work closely with Congress and the Administration to maximize the benefits of the U.S.-Colombia partnership.”

Securing resources for Colombia has been a top priority for the Embassy. Since August 2017, Ambassador Reyes has held almost 100 meetings with members of Congress, including with leaders and members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees.