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September 2018

September 4, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia is Travelling to the United States on Wednesday, September 5th, for Meetings on Bilateral Agenda

The  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia is Travelling to the United States on Wednesday, September 5th,  for Meetings on Bilateral Agenda

Washington, DC – The The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo, will hold a three-day agenda in DC. Meetings include senior officials of the Administration of President Trump, the United States Congress, and Think Tanks.

The meetings will focus on strengthening the U.S.-Colombia alliance and reaffirming both countries’ commitment to continue and enhance our close cooperation in counter-narcotics efforts, economic issues and security.  Minister Trujillo will also discuss the central role played by Colombia in helping to foster and achieve security and stability in Latin America, in the light of challenges, such as those posed by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Among the highlighted meetings are the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees and the House’s State and Foreign Operations Sub Committee.

Minister Trujillo will also meet with the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, in order to examine and review the latest events pertaining to the situation in Venezuela.

On Friday, Sep. 7th, closing the agenda, the Minister will participate in an open discussion at the Inter-American Dialogue, moderated by Michael Shifter, President of The Dialogue.

 
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September 5, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs travels to Washington D.C. to strengthen the strategic relationship with the United States

Minister of Foreign Affairs travels to Washington D.C.  D.C.  to strengthen the strategic relationship with the United States

Washington (Sep. 5/18). The regional crisis due to the migration of Venezuelans, the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the United States and Colombia through the High Level Dialogue, the global fight against drugs, humanitarian demining and efforts to consolidate peace, will be some of the topics that Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo will address during the work agenda that will be held in Washington between September 5 and 7.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia will advance a high-level agenda that includes meetings with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; the Assistant Secretary of State, John Sullivan; Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, and National Security Advisor, John Bolton; as well as with the republican senator, Paul Cook, of the Subcommittee of External Relations of the House of Representatives , and the republican congressman, Hal Rogers, President of the Subcommittee of Appropriations of the House of EE.UU. for State and Foreign Operations.

In the framework of the Inter-American System, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo will also develop a high-level agenda, which includes bilateral meetings with the General Secretary of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro, and the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, Paulo Abrao.

Today, Wednesday September 5 he will have a meeting with the 'Colombia Task Force' of the Atlantic Council, which is a mechanism whose main function is to facilitate the evolution of the bilateral relationship.

On Friday, September 7, Foreign Minister Trujillo was invited by Michael Shifter to the Inter-American Dialogue where they will talk about the foreign policy priorities of the administration of President Iván Duque, the national and international challenges of Colombia, the country's bilateral relations with the United States, as well as issues of hemispheric and international significance in foreign policy and new opportunities in trade and integration with Asia.

September 6, 2018

Francisco Santos is appointed as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

The former Vice President of Colombia (2002-2010), Francisco Santos is appointed as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

President Iván Duque made official the appointment of Francisco Santos as Colombia’s envoy before the White House. The President assigned the official specific tasks:
"Strengthen both military cooperation and the commercial relationship between the two countries. Our relationship with the United States must be an instrument in favor of science, technology, and innovation, "said the President.
The act of possession took place at the Casa de Nariño in Bogotá, Colombia. The new Ambassador-designate to the United States was accompanied by his children and his wife María Victoria.             

September 4, 2018

New Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos

New Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos Arrives in Washington D.C.

Washington, DC – Today, the new Colombian Ambassador to the United States Francisco Santos, arrived in Washington, DC, after being sworn in by President Ivan Duque last Thursday in Bogotá. He will assume ambassadorial duties in full following the presentation of his credentials to President Donald J. Trump next Monday.  

The main priority of Francisco Santos as Ambassador will be to strengthen and improve the relationship with the U.S. Administration and Congress for the benefit of both countries, and the region as a whole. Ambassador Santos has reaffirmed that the reduction of illicit crops is a priority for the government of President Duque, and he is already committed to an integral strategy that is putting pressure on all links of the drug trafficking chain and that seeks to show effective results in a short timeframe.

Francisco Santos has also announced a diplomatic offensive to work for a definitive solution to restore democracy in Venezuela. Every day, more than 5,000 of the thousands of refugees that cross the border into Colombia remain in the country, adding to the million refugees that have already arrived.

In addition, he will also work to expand bilateral business, investment and other economic ties, as well as continuing to diversify the Colombia-U.S. agenda, which includes critical issues – from the strategic security alliance to cooperation on energy, science, technology and innovation.

Francisco Santos completed his studies in the United States at the University of Kansas and the University of Texas, earning degrees in Journalism and Latin-American Studies, respectively. He also served as editor of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

He served as Vice President of Colombia from 2002 through 2010 during the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. His policy priorities in that capacity were the fight against corruption, extortion and kidnapping, human rights, and ridding the country of anti-personnel mines. As Vice President, Francisco Santos also led Colombia’s international promotion of trade, investment, and tourism.

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September 17, 2018

Ambassador of Colombia

Ambassador of Colombia Francisco Santos Presents Credentials to President Donald J. Trump

Washington, DC — Today, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Francisco Santos presented his credentials to President Donald J. Trump at the White House, making his ambassadorship official. Francisco Santos also submitted a statement for the White House record, which reads in part:

 

 

“My number one priority as Ambassador is to strengthen and enhance this relationship. We believe that together we can play a critical role, for Colombia, the Western Hemisphere and the world in advancing democracy, peace, the rule of law and freedom …
 
“Colombia is determined to never return to the dark days in our history. Under President Duque’s administration, we are putting pressure on all links in the drug trafficking chain, from small farmers involved in the first stage of production – cultivation – to those criminals and criminal networks that are benefitting the most financially from these illicit activities.
 
“The partnership with the United States that has helped make Colombia a role model for other countries in the region, can be expanded to face the common challenges that remain. One that we cannot fail to address is the situation faced by our neighbor, Venezuela... We trust that with the continued cooperation of the United States and the rest of the international community the suffering of the Venezuelan people will come to an end.

"Despite these challenges, we are optimistic about the future of Colombia. We are a strong and resilient nation with a dynamic and expanding middle class, and a thriving business environment. Our bilateral agenda includes a commitment to expanding business, investment and strong economic ties between our two countries.”

 

 

President of Colombia Iván Duque appointed Ambassador Francisco Santos to the post in early September and he arrived in Washington last week. Francisco Santos completed his studies in the United States at the University of Kansas and the University of Texas, earning degrees in Journalism and Latin-American Studies, respectively. He also served as editor of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

He served as Vice President of Colombia from 2002 through 2010 during the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. His policy priorities in that capacity were the fight against corruption, extortion and kidnapping, human rights, and ridding the country of anti-personnel mines. As Vice President, Francisco Santos also led Colombia’s international promotion of trade, investment, and tourism.
 
Born on October 14, 1961 in Bogota, he is married to Maria Victoria García and has four children: Benjamin, Gabriel, Carmen and Pedro.
 
Read his full biography here.