U.S. Secretary of State Recognizes Colombia's Great Effort in Fighting the World Drug Problem


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July 16, 2019

U.S. Secretary of State Recognizes Colombia's Great Effort in Fighting the World Drug Problem

Washington (Jul. 16/19).

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged the efforts of President Ivan Duque's government in the fight against drug trafficking, according to Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo after his meeting with the U.S. official.

"Secretary Pompeo acknowledged President Duque's great effort and the importance of the advances that have been made," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs, adding that there was also a detailed dialogue on the situation in Venezuela and the impact of the migration crisis in Colombia.

"It was a truly productive meeting that reflects the magnificent bilateral relationship that exists between the United States and Colombia," said the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Regarding to the situation in Venezuela, he assured that Secretary Pompeo reiterated the importance of economic and diplomatic sanctions against the Maduro regime. "The proposal is led by Colombia, that the countries of the Lima Group impose more sanctions, focused of course, because it is about imposing sanctions on people affected by the regime, not on the Venezuelan people.

The Minister expressed that these sanctions "have produced a very positive effect in the creation of conditions that lead to a new democracy and freedom in Venezuela".

He added that concern was also expressed about the presence of members of the ELN in Venezuela, since both the United States and Colombia "are countries committed to fighting terrorism and of course the linking of a tyrannical reǵimen such as Maduro to terrorist organizations from different parts of the world, including a Colombian like the ELN, worries us all and is a source of very vigorous rejection.