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July 2019

July 10, 2019

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Group of Colombian legislators visit the US to develop an agenda around the fight against drugs and Venezuela’s migratory Crisis

The Congressional group consists of Senators Paloma Valencia (Centro Democratico party), Santiago Valencia (Centro Democratico party), Juan Diego Gomez (Conservative Party), John Milton Rodriguez (Colombia Justa party), Horacio Serpa (Liberal Party), Andres Garcia Zuccardi (U Party ) and representatives Juan Manuel Daza (Centro Democratico party), Juan David Velez (Centro Democratico party), Jose Luis Pinedo (Cambio Radical party), Angela Patricia Sanchez (Cambio Radical party), Cristian Jose Moreno Villamizar (U Party) visit the United States, and their agenda discusses the main points between Colombia and the United States: the strategic security alliance, shared responsibility in the fight against drug trafficking; the implementation of the Peace Accord, ways to strengthen trade and investment ties; the Venezuelan migration crisis, in which Colombia has demonstrated and committed itself to continue acting in solidarity with Venezuelans fleeing the crisis in their country; and other priorities for both countries.

To this end, they are invited by the USIP (United States Institute of Peace) to participate in a private roundtable entitled "Advances and challenges in the fight against drugs".

In addition, as part of the agenda of the group of Colombian legislators they have several meetings with their U.S. colleagues. Among those who stand out are Democratic Senator Diana Feinstein, who is also co-chair of the U.S. Senate Anti-Drug Group; Republicans Francis Rooney and Ted Yoho; and Democrats Albio Sires, Vicente Gonzalez, Adriano Espaillat and Gregory Meerks.

The group also has the opportunity to meet with the Think Tanks.

July 16, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Recognizes Colombia's Great Effort in Fighting the World Drug Problem

Washington (Jul. 16/19).

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged the efforts of President Ivan Duque's government in the fight against drug trafficking, according to Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo after his meeting with the U.S. official.

"Secretary Pompeo acknowledged President Duque's great effort and the importance of the advances that have been made," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, adding that there was also a detailed dialogue on the situation in Venezuela and the impact of the migration crisis in Colombia.

"It was a truly productive meeting that reflects the magnificent bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Colombia," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Regarding to the situation in Venezuela, he assured that Secretary Pompeo reiterated the importance of economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Maduro regime. "The proposal is led by Colombia, that the countries of the Lima Group impose more sanctions, focused of course, because it is about imposing sanctions on people affected by the regime, not on the Venezuelan people.

The Minister expressed that these sanctions "have produced a very positive effect in the creation of conditions that lead to a new democracy and freedom in Venezuela".

He added that concern was also expressed about the presence of members of the ELN in Venezuela, since both the United States and Colombia "are countries committed to fighting terrorism and of course the linking of a tyrannical reǵimen such as Maduro to terrorist organizations from different parts of the world, including a Colombian like the ELN, worries us all and is a source of very vigorous rejection.

 

July 18, 2019

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This year the Vice Minister of Multilateral Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Adriana Mejía, represents Colombia, which recognizes freedom of religion and worship as part of its constitutional tradition. This recognition was reaffirmed as a fundamental right in the 1991 Political Constitution. "This Ministerial Conference is an appropriate space, which Colombia attends with great interest, to address the global challenges to religious freedom, identify ways to address religious persecution and discrimination around the world, and promote greater respect for and preservation of religious freedom for all," said Vice Minister Mejía.