In Washington, President Duque paid tribute to the heroes of the 'Batallon Colombia' who participated in the Korean War.

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February 19, 2019

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President Ivan Duque began his agenda this Saturday in Washington at 9:00 a.m. with a visit to the Korean War Veterans Memorial where he deposited a floral offering to pay tribute to the heroes of the Colombia Battalion who participated in that confrontation.


"I cannot stop recognizing this event we have just attended: to come to the Korean War Monument, where 'Batallon Colombia' was, with great soldiers and great heroes, to pay tribute to them, to leave them a floral offering and to remember Colombian heroism in one of the greatest confrontational difficulties of the twentieth century," said the President at the end of the emotional ceremony.


The head of state said that his official working visit to the United States has been very important, among other reasons because "trade relations have been strengthened".


In this sense, the president referred to the main events he has led since last Wednesday in Washington, such as his meeting with more than 200 businessmen in the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and his "productive meeting" with President Donald Trump. "We had a very productive meeting with President Donald Trump, who has shown our country his affection, his commitment, not only to help us in the fight against terrorism, against drugs, but also has a great interest in developing trade and investment between the two countries," he said.


Likewise, President Duque highlighted his meeting with the President of the U.S. House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and with the members of the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees, "maintaining that bipartisan approach that has always supported Colombia.


He also stressed the importance of his participation in events with the IDB, the World Bank, the Organization of American States (OAS), Georgetown University and the main think tanks in the United States.


He also highlighted the recognition given to the Colombian economy and to our country in general during his visit yesterday Friday to the New York Stock Exchange, where he rang the bell with which the stock market operations of the day were closed.


"Then I think it is a very complete visit, and yesterday, in addition, I must point out that Colombia was exalted in the great stock market of the world, in The New York Stock Exchange. You saw the Colombian flag everywhere. A very good market close. A very good day for Colombian stocks," he said.


Finally, the President referred to the ratification of the commitment of the United States and Colombia for the freedom of Venezuela.


"I want to emphasize that this visit has served to reaffirm the commitment of the United States and Colombia for the liberation of Venezuela, for the end of that dictatorship and for the resumption of institutional reconstruction," said the President of the Republic.