New Colombian Ambassador to the United States Carlos Urrutia Presents Credentials to President Obama
Washington, DC — The new Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Urrutia, presented his credentials to President Barack Obama at the White House this afternoon. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos appointed Ambassador Urrutia on September 5, 2012.
“The relationship between Colombia and the United States has never been stronger. As Ambassador, I will work to advance relations between our two countries and to increase cooperation and partnership in all areas, including the effective promotion of the most significant economic agreement in our joint history – the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA),” said Urrutia.
In addition to maximizing the benefits of the FTA, one of Colombia’s key economic priorities vis-à-vis the United States is securing inclusion in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement. Colombia’s bilateral priorities also include deepening collaboration through the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue, continuing cooperation on the Action Plan for Labor Rights and judicial issues, and building on the longstanding security partnership to fight global threats such as drug trafficking, terrorism and transnational organized crime.
“My efforts will also focus on helping the people of the United States discover the new Colombia. Our country has changed significantly in the last decade, and I will work to promote greater awareness of Colombia’s rich culture and people, our vibrant and rapidly growing economy, and all of the new opportunities for trade, investment and tourism,” said Urrutia.
Throughout his career, Urrutia has been a leader in both the public and private sectors, including a 35-year career in one of Colombia’s most prestigious law firms. He is a former Secretary General and Secretary of Finance of the Governorship of the Department (state) of Cundinamarca, Colombia. Appointed by the Colombian Government, Urrutia is also currently a panel member on the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes’ Panel of Arbitrators.
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