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September 2018

September 4, 2018

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia is Travelling to the United States on Wednesday, September 5th, for Meetings on Bilateral Agenda

The  Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia is Travelling to the United States on Wednesday, September 5th,  for Meetings on Bilateral Agenda

Washington, DC – The The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Carlos Holmes Trujillo, will hold a three-day agenda in DC. Meetings include senior officials of the Administration of President Trump, the United States Congress, and Think Tanks.

The meetings will focus on strengthening the U.S.-Colombia alliance and reaffirming both countries’ commitment to continue and enhance our close cooperation in counter-narcotics efforts, economic issues and security.  Minister Trujillo will also discuss the central role played by Colombia in helping to foster and achieve security and stability in Latin America, in the light of challenges, such as those posed by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Among the highlighted meetings are the Senate and House Foreign Relations Committees and the House’s State and Foreign Operations Sub Committee.

Minister Trujillo will also meet with the Secretary General of the OAS, Luis Almagro, in order to examine and review the latest events pertaining to the situation in Venezuela.

On Friday, Sep. 7th, closing the agenda, the Minister will participate in an open discussion at the Inter-American Dialogue, moderated by Michael Shifter, President of The Dialogue.

 
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September 27, 2018

“These has been some successful days for Colombia”, declared President Duque when concluding participation in the UN Assembly
 
• In the last four days the Colombian Head of State had 17 bilateral meetings with presidents, prime ministers and other personalities, and he participated in nine events of global importance in New York.
 
New York, September 26, 2018.
 
President Iván Duque Márquez highlighted today the achievements obtained by Colombia this week in the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations Organization.
 
The President highlighted the recognition made by the UN to Colombia’s proposal to face the problem of drugs and the extensive agenda of bilateral meetings held in New York
 
"I believe these has been some successful days for Colombia, for multiple reasons. First, I think it was great news to have started the Assembly of the United Nations with the declaration that we, 130 countries, signed, to say that we want to confront the illicit drugs of our streets, in our society, "said the Head of the Colombian State.
 
He pointed the importance of his meetings with the presidents of the United States, France, Portugal and Peru, and with the prime ministers of Canada, New Zealand, Norway and Denmark, among others.
 
"We also met with several Latin American presidents and I think all the meetings were productive in regard to talking about opportunities, trade, integration, operation between countries. It is also a great achievement that six countries have accompanied us in the denunciation made in the International Criminal Court of Nicolás Maduro and the dictatorship of Venezuela, "he said.
 
He emphasized the "immense value" of the forums in which he participated, including the Bloomberg meeting, with former President Bill Clinton as moderator. Also the meeting with the other Pacific Alliance presidents, and those of the Colombo American Association and the Council of the Americas.
 
And regarding the appointment with President Donald Trump, he said that "it was the only bilateral meeting he had with a Latin American president."
 
"You know that the relationship held by Colombia and the United States is a bipartisan relationship," he told reporters. "I’m very happy to have dialogue with President Trump, to receive his support, to believe in the agenda that we are proposing to Colombia and the world," added President Duque.
 
 
In the last four days the Colombian Head of government had 17 bilateral meetings.
 
The President of the Republic met with six presidents, a vice president, four prime ministers, a former US president, the secretary of the UN, and five directors of international organizations.
 
 
He spoke with the Heads of State of the United States, Brazil, Ecuador, Portugal, Peru, and France; with the US Vice President, and with the Prime Ministers of New Zealand, Norway, Canada and Denmark.
 
Likewise, he had bilateral interviews with the Secretary of the UN, the President of the International Olympic Committee, the USA Secretary of State, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs, the former US President Bill Clinton and with former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
 
Altogether, President Iván Duque was in nine events: the first workshop 'Building Country' (Construyendo País) with Colombians abroad, the high-level meeting for a Call to action against the world drug problem, the Nelson Mandela Summit, the meeting of the Colombo American Association, the Summit of Concordia, the high-level event on the migratory crisis in Venezuela, a meeting with the Council of the Americas, the Bloomberg Forum, the United Nations Assembly and the colloquium of presidents of the countries of the Pacific Alliance.
 

September 27, 2018

Embassy of Colombia

Con el fin de denunciar los crímenes de lesa humanidad acontecidos en Venezuela.

September 27, 2018

Embassy of Colombia

The President Ivan Duque pointed the principals of his government; LEGALITY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EQUITY

September 27, 2018

THE PACT FOR EQUITY IS IN PROGRESS. The Speech of President Duque in the UNGA73
 
- Peace is an objective of all Colombians. We are going to work for it. Our government is going to work so that the process of demobilization, disarmament and reintegration goes forward successfully. We will offer those who have opted for a genuine reincorporation to legality, subject to the principles of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition, the proper opportunities for progress and protection. Our purpose is to fulfill those who have taken the genuine path of leaving violence.
 
- Drug trafficking is a global threat. To fight against this phenomenon and at the same time to promote a society that rejects drugs because of its devastating effects on health and society, is our moral duty. We are already taking measures. Two days ago we supported the global call for Action against the Drug Problem, recognizing that work belongs to everyone and requires that all countries contribute, including those where consumption grows or those that are chemical precursor manufacturers.
 
- Corruption is a threat to democracy, to social values, to institutions and must be faced with determination. From the first day of our government we presented measures to the Congress, and then in response to the popular clamor, we have launched an ambitious agenda with all the parties. We show Colombia and the world that we are capable of uniting in national purposes. I invite the international community to strengthen sanction instruments and mechanisms in the face of transnational corruption.
 
- We are experiencing the most outrageous migratory and humanitarian crisis in the recent history of the region, due to a dictatorship that annihilated freedoms. The self-determination of the peoples cannot be manipulated to become the self-determination of the oppressors. The world must act and unite so that this tragic exodus comes to an end and a people can see hope flourish. I am pleased that the United Nations has listened to Colombia's request and that the Secretary General has designated Eduardo Stein as Joint Special Representative for Refugees and Migrants of Venezuela, and thus raise this discussion. I thank the countries that accompanied us yesterday to the High Level Meeting, convened by Colombia, where it was clear the regional commitment to address this humanitarian crisis.
 
- Today more than ever we must be motivated to achieve social justice, reject hatred, polarization, revenge and concentrate on achieving a COLOMBIA PACT: A PACT FOR EQUITY. The Colombia of LEGALITY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EQUITY that we want to build is already under way and we will not let anything take away the hope of being a country that thinks big and dreams of a better tomorrow.
 
 
THE PACT FOR EQUITY IS IN PROGRESS
 
Remarks by the President of the Republic, Iván Duque Márquez, before the General Assembly of the United Nations in the 73rd period of ordinary sessions (v4)
 
New York City, September 26, 2018
 
 
"President of the General Assembly of the Organization of the United Nations, María Fernanda Espinosa
 
Secretary General of the United Nations Organization, António Guterres
 
Your Excellencies, Heads of State and Heads of Missions:
 
I have the immense honor of addressing this Assembly for the first time, charged with history and transcendence, as President of Colombia.
 
I come with the pride of having been elected with the highest vote of our electoral history and at the same time as a member of a new generation of Colombians, motivated by uniting our country around common goals.
 
Colombia is a magical country, where multiple races, regions, customs and ecosystems coexist.
 
It is a nation where the culture, the ancestral heritage, the nature and the industrious and helpful spirit of our citizenry, define the resilient greatness of a society that does not bend before any adversity.
 
Our patriotic, hard-working, tireless force has made Colombia a place that has earned the respect of the world, the interest of investment and that builds a path of progress with democratic institutions.
 
We have maintained economic growth amid complex regional volatilities.
 
We have seen transforming cities and boosting the productive sectors, expanding the middle class, while accommodating ourselves to the challenges of globalization.
 
We have made progress in equity between men and women in the labor and educational world. To recognize this progress, I named the first joint cabinet between men and women in the history of my country. But there is much to be done on this front and we will continue advancing.
 
The pride of telling this story commits me as a Colombian and motivates me even more when in 2019 we will celebrate the Bicentennial of our independence.
 
Today more than ever we must be motivated to achieve social justice, reject hatreds, polarizations, revenge and concentrate on achieving a COLOMBIA PACT: A PACT FOR EQUITY.
 
That is the invitation we are making: that we build a PLAN AND A DEVELOPMENT AGENDA to define state policies in the upcoming decades, taking as a benchmark to reach by 2030 the Sustainable Development Goals, within a framework of LEGALITY AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP TAKE US TO THE LONG-WAITED AND NECESSARY EQUITY TO CLOSE THE SOCIAL GAPS.
 
A national purpose
 
The Pact we propose seeks legality.
 
PEACE is an objective of all Colombians and everyone, absolutely everyone, we will work for it.
 
But PEACE needs to be built with the rule of law that combines the public goods of security and justice.
 
Our government is going to work so that the process of demobilization, disarmament and reinsertion advanced in the last years will go forward successfully.
 
We will offer those who have opted for a genuine reincorporation to the law, subject to the principles of truth, justice, reparation and non-repetition, the proper opportunities for progress and protection.
 
I appreciate the support of the United Nations for its commitment to contribute to this process being successful and for that reason we have asked you to continue with this task.
 
In the same way we will work to reach all regions of the country, mainly those that have been hit by violence, resources and investments that generate hope.
 
The United Nations Mission in Colombia as well as our control bodies know that our government received a fragile process on several fronts.
 
First, there is budgetary fragility: Many commitments were made without allocating sufficient resources.
 
And second is the institutional fragility: a dispersed and complex architecture was created that has been unable until now to efficiently advance towards the objectives.
 
I reiterate to this Assembly that our purpose, the purpose of Colombia, is to fulfill those who have taken the genuine path of leaving violence.
 
We hope to count on the financial support of the international community to give the necessary solidity to the process.
 
But just as we will comply with those who abide by the norms, it is also our duty to apply the law in an exemplary manner to those who persist in criminality.
 
We will not accept that there is repetition and more violence. Those who continue in the world of crime and try to make fun of the victims and the generosity of the Colombian people will receive the full weight of Justice.
 
President, if we want peace to shine in Colombia, we need to defeat drug trafficking.
 
With regard to illicit crops, we received an alarming situation a few weeks ago. The incremental trend of the last five years cannot continue, as these crops have become the fuel and the incentive for the emergence of dangerous organized armed groups.
 
That is why we are committed to dismantling these transnational crime networks with a comprehensive agenda.
 
Drug trafficking is a global threat.
 
It is true that we must do more in terms of prevention and care for addicts from a public health perspective. That is an incontrovertible truth.
 
But it is not less true that drug trafficking in Colombia is a predator of the environment, a destroyer of institutions, a social corrupter.
 
To fight against this phenomenon and at the same time to promote a society that rejects drugs because of its devastating effects on health and society, is our moral duty.
 
We are already taking measures. Two days ago we supported the global call for Action against the Drug Problem, recognizing that work belongs to everyone and requires that all countries contribute, including those where consumption grows or those that are chemical precursor manufacturers.
 
130 nations with the leadership of the United States committed to continue this struggle. We will not give up or accept as a destination the addiction of so many young people.
 
Legality also means the defeat of corruption.
 
Corruption is a threat to democracy, to social values, to institutions and must be faced with determination.
 
From the first day of our government we presented measures to the Congress, and then in response to the popular clamor, we have launched an ambitious agenda with all the parties.
 
We show Colombia and the world that we are capable of uniting in national purposes.
 
I invite the international community to strengthen sanction instruments and mechanisms in the face of transnational corruption.
 
Defeating corruption is a task that involves us all and we must make every effort to make the corrupt visible and accelerate their judicial and social sanctions.
 
Our commitment to Development, our PACT FOR COLOMBIA, also seeks to promote entrepreneurship and the reactivation of the Economy.
 
The Sustainable Development Goals validate our agenda by a Colombia where science and technology are driven by connectivity, access to capital, the advance of the Orange Economy and the promotion of research.
 
A Colombia committed to the protection of biodiversity, the promotion of renewable energies, the reduction of the individual carbon footprint and the formation of a citizenship strengthened by an unbreakable ethic.
 
The world must know that this is the Colombia we want to build.
 
The Situation of Venezuela
 
We are going to work to achieve that Colombia. That is our challenge and our motivation. For that reason I must tell the world that those purposes face a huge challenge.
 
That challenge that our country is experiencing today are thousands of fearful faces, with cold bones, hunger in the stomach and pain.
                                                                                                                      
A challenge that at this precise moment walks to the elements and with uncertainty on the Colombian roads.
 
They are the Venezuelan brothers fleeing the dictatorship.
 
Many of them are innocent children, unprotected, exposed to exile.
 
While the conflict in Syria has generated a flow of 600,000 migrants a year to Turkey alone in a period of six years, Colombia, in less than two years, has opened the doors to almost one million Venezuelan brothers.
 
We have received them with affection and we will always do it despite any social and fiscal difficulties because we are united by fraternity.
 
But we cannot stop calling things by their names.
 
We are experiencing the most outrageous migratory and humanitarian crisis in the recent history of the region, due to a dictatorship that annihilated freedoms.
 
The self-determination of the peoples cannot be manipulated to become the self-determination of the oppressors.
 
The world must act and unite so that this tragic exodus comes to an end and a people can see hope flourish.
 
This is a global challenge. The end of the dictatorship, the return to democracy and full freedom is the only possible way.
 
That is why the international community must immediately demand the release of political prisoners and quickly identify the best solutions to this crisis and prevent this desolation and despair from increasing.
 
I am pleased that the United Nations has listened to Colombia's request and that the Secretary General has designated Eduardo Stein as Joint Special Representative for Refugees and Migrants of Venezuela, and thus raise this discussion.
 
I thank the countries that accompanied us yesterday to the High Level Meeting, convened by Colombia, where it was clear the regional commitment to address this humanitarian crisis.
 
These measures must be accompanied by the creation of a Multilateral Fund to serve the migrant population, victim of the dictatorship.
 
That is why we must promote the proposal that the Inter-American Development Bank and its president, Luis Alberto Moreno, has announced in this regard.
 
But equally important is that all international mechanisms are exercised to denounce, investigate and punish those who have sown this despicable tragedy by the International Criminal Court.
 
Colombia facing the world
 
Excellencies, it is an honor for me to address this Assembly, to present the vision we have for Colombia, to call for global solidarity in front of the Venezuelan people and to make an invitation to them.
 
The world today more than ever requires cooperation and multilateralism.
 
It is time to integrate and not isolate ourselves.
 
It is time to make trade and cooperation the path of shared opportunities.
 
We have a duty to continue advancing in a world where alliances allow us to mitigate the effects of climate change, consolidate fair trade, confront corruption and transnational crime, generate employment opportunities, end discrimination and solidify the idea of ​​producing conserving, conserving producing.
 
The Colombia of LEGALITY, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND EQUITY, that we want to build is already under way and we will not let anything take away the hope of being a country that thinks big and dreams of a better tomorrow.
 
Thank you very much".
 
 

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.

 

September 4, 2018

New Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos

New Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos Arrives in Washington D.C.

Washington, DC – Today, the new Colombian Ambassador to the United States Francisco Santos, arrived in Washington, DC, after being sworn in by President Ivan Duque last Thursday in Bogotá. He will assume ambassadorial duties in full following the presentation of his credentials to President Donald J. Trump next Monday.  

The main priority of Francisco Santos as Ambassador will be to strengthen and improve the relationship with the U.S. Administration and Congress for the benefit of both countries, and the region as a whole. Ambassador Santos has reaffirmed that the reduction of illicit crops is a priority for the government of President Duque, and he is already committed to an integral strategy that is putting pressure on all links of the drug trafficking chain and that seeks to show effective results in a short timeframe.

Francisco Santos has also announced a diplomatic offensive to work for a definitive solution to restore democracy in Venezuela. Every day, more than 5,000 of the thousands of refugees that cross the border into Colombia remain in the country, adding to the million refugees that have already arrived.

In addition, he will also work to expand bilateral business, investment and other economic ties, as well as continuing to diversify the Colombia-U.S. agenda, which includes critical issues – from the strategic security alliance to cooperation on energy, science, technology and innovation.

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.

See photos here.
 

September 6, 2018

Francisco Santos is appointed as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

The former Vice President of Colombia (2002-2010), Francisco Santos is appointed as Ambassador of Colombia to the United States

President Iván Duque made official the appointment of Francisco Santos as Colombia’s envoy before the White House. The President assigned the official specific tasks:
"Strengthen both military cooperation and the commercial relationship between the two countries. Our relationship with the United States must be an instrument in favor of science, technology, and innovation, "said the President.
The act of possession took place at the Casa de Nariño in Bogotá, Colombia. The new Ambassador-designate to the United States was accompanied by his children and his wife María Victoria.             

September 5, 2018

Minister of Foreign Affairs travels to Washington D.C. to strengthen the strategic relationship with the United States

Minister of Foreign Affairs travels to Washington D.C.  D.C.  to strengthen the strategic relationship with the United States

Washington (Sep. 5/18). The regional crisis due to the migration of Venezuelans, the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the United States and Colombia through the High Level Dialogue, the global fight against drugs, humanitarian demining and efforts to consolidate peace, will be some of the topics that Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo will address during the work agenda that will be held in Washington between September 5 and 7.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia will advance a high-level agenda that includes meetings with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; the Assistant Secretary of State, John Sullivan; Secretary of Homeland Security, Kirstjen Nielsen, and National Security Advisor, John Bolton; as well as with the republican senator, Paul Cook, of the Subcommittee of External Relations of the House of Representatives , and the republican congressman, Hal Rogers, President of the Subcommittee of Appropriations of the House of EE.UU. for State and Foreign Operations.

In the framework of the Inter-American System, Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo will also develop a high-level agenda, which includes bilateral meetings with the General Secretary of the Organization of American States, OAS, Luis Almagro, and the Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, IACHR, Paulo Abrao.

Today, Wednesday September 5 he will have a meeting with the 'Colombia Task Force' of the Atlantic Council, which is a mechanism whose main function is to facilitate the evolution of the bilateral relationship.

On Friday, September 7, Foreign Minister Trujillo was invited by Michael Shifter to the Inter-American Dialogue where they will talk about the foreign policy priorities of the administration of President Iván Duque, the national and international challenges of Colombia, the country's bilateral relations with the United States, as well as issues of hemispheric and international significance in foreign policy and new opportunities in trade and integration with Asia.

September 27, 2018

Embassy of Colombia

In the last four days the Colombian Head of government had 17 bilateral meetings.