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Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos Presents Credentials to President Donald J. Trump


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September 17, 2018

Ambassador of Colombia

Ambassador of Colombia Francisco Santos Presents Credentials to President Donald J. Trump

Washington, DC — Today, Ambassador of Colombia to the United States Francisco Santos presented his credentials to President Donald J. Trump at the White House, making his ambassadorship official. Francisco Santos also submitted a statement for the White House record, which reads in part:

 

 

“My number one priority as Ambassador is to strengthen and enhance this relationship. We believe that together we can play a critical role, for Colombia, the Western Hemisphere and the world in advancing democracy, peace, the rule of law and freedom …
 
“Colombia is determined to never return to the dark days in our history. Under President Duque’s administration, we are putting pressure on all links in the drug trafficking chain, from small farmers involved in the first stage of production – cultivation – to those criminals and criminal networks that are benefitting the most financially from these illicit activities.
 
“The partnership with the United States that has helped make Colombia a role model for other countries in the region, can be expanded to face the common challenges that remain. One that we cannot fail to address is the situation faced by our neighbor, Venezuela... We trust that with the continued cooperation of the United States and the rest of the international community the suffering of the Venezuelan people will come to an end.

"Despite these challenges, we are optimistic about the future of Colombia. We are a strong and resilient nation with a dynamic and expanding middle class, and a thriving business environment. Our bilateral agenda includes a commitment to expanding business, investment and strong economic ties between our two countries.”

 

 

President of Colombia Iván Duque appointed Ambassador Francisco Santos to the post in early September and he arrived in Washington last week. Francisco Santos completed his studies in the United States at the University of Kansas and the University of Texas, earning degrees in Journalism and Latin-American Studies, respectively. He also served as editor of the Colombian newspaper El Tiempo.

He served as Vice President of Colombia from 2002 through 2010 during the administration of President Álvaro Uribe Vélez. His policy priorities in that capacity were the fight against corruption, extortion and kidnapping, human rights, and ridding the country of anti-personnel mines. As Vice President, Francisco Santos also led Colombia’s international promotion of trade, investment, and tourism.
 
Born on October 14, 1961 in Bogota, he is married to Maria Victoria García and has four children: Benjamin, Gabriel, Carmen and Pedro.
 
Read his full biography here.