Colombia Welcomes U.S. Funding for Critical Initiatives in the Country


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June 22, 2018

Colombia Welcomes U.S. Funding for Critical Initiatives in the Country

Washington, DC — On Thursday, Appropriations Committee of the United States Senate approved the budget bill for the fiscal year 2019 of the State Department and Foreign Operations which allocates for Colombia $391.25 million to support a range of critical initiatives that will further advance the country’s transition to peace. Those initiatives, which reflect the strong bilateral cooperation between Colombia and the United States, focus on a number of issues, including international narcotics control and law enforcement, military education and training, non-proliferation, anti-terrorism and demining and economic development. 
 

“We thank Congress and the Trump Administration and applaud the many Senate champions across both aisles who supported resources for Colombia and voted in favor of Colombia. These resources demonstrate the strength of our alliance and shared security priorities, and they will go a long way to advance the construction of stable and lasting peace in Colombia.

“Colombia is the strongest U.S. ally in Latin America, and the United States can count on Colombia for continued support in confronting security challenges, both in our region and around the world. As a nation at peace, we are an even stronger partner to the United States. 

“We thank lawmakers for their support and look forward to continuing to work closely with Congress and the Administration to maximize the benefits of the U.S.-Colombia partnership.”

Securing resources for Colombia has been a top priority for the Embassy. Since August 2017, Ambassador Reyes has held almost 100 meetings with members of Congress, including with leaders and members of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees, as well as the House Foreign Affairs and Senate Foreign Relations Committees.