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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.