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April 2019

April 2, 2019

Colombian embassy

Ambassador Santos began the week by holding a video conference with Colombia's 12 consulates throughout the United States. This meeting took place from the conference room of the Colombian Embassy in Washington DC, and seeks to give an account of the progress being made on consular issues in this country.
Another important event that took place in these days was the meeting that the ambassador had with the Minister of Culture Carmen Vasquez and the executives of the Smithsonian, which began a project that seeks to build a museum that pays tribute to Afro culture in Cali.
In Addition, the Ambassador had a meeting with Congressman Adriano Espaillat, U.S. Democrat Representative for New York's 13th congressional district and the first formerly illegal immigrant to ever serve in Congress, which sought to continue increasing bipartisan support to Colombia.
On the same day, there was also talk of continuing the search for the U.S. Congress to focus on support for the region, with Democrat Congresswoman Debbie Mucarsel-Powell. Who is Ecuadorian-born American politician who is a member of the United States House of Representatives and won an election to represent Florida's congressional district.
The ambassador closes the week in Cúcuta, with U.S. congressmen Eliot Engel, Jerry Nadler, Michael McCaul, Adriano Espaillat, Zoe Lofgren, Pramila Jayapal and John Curtis, in order to help end the dictatorship of neighboring Venezuela.
For his part, the embassy closed its week with two events; the first, a talk with Andres Patiño, finance specialist, who gave some tips on how to file taxes in the United States. And the second, a new consular section called "Historias de vida" that had as its star guest the famous vallenato musician Juancho de la Espriella, who told his beginnings in musical life and delighted the audience with Colombian folkloric melodies.
 

April 24, 2019

Official Facebook Page

Today, April 24, 2019, Ambassador Francisco Santos traveled to Cúcuta as part of his tour with U.S. congressmen to show them how the Venezuelan crisis is affecting children on the border.
 
The Ambassador and Senator Rick Scott visited the La Frontera educational institution where about 1,600 children study, of which 1,400 are Venezuelans. Senator Scott had the opportunity to see firsthand the difficult situation that thousands of people are going through because of the dictatorship in the neighboring country.  
“These children struggle every day to receive the education they can no longer receive in Venezuela, even having to cross dangerous rivers to attend a classroom. Carrying their notebooks over their heads so that they do not get wet, the children arrive at the educational institution to receive classes” asserted Ambassador Santos.
Financing education in the midst of the crisis is difficult, but Colombia is doing its best to be able to help from these types of institutions. From the solidarity and commitment that we have with our Venezuelan brothers.