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IBD - On Free Trade, White House Must Lead


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July 2, 2009

IBD - On Free Trade, White House Must Lead

IBD - On Free Trade, White House Must Lead

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

Trade: President Obama's encouraging words to Colombia's president Monday signaled an improving outlook for the two nations' long-delayed free trade treaty. It's good news, but he must take that message to Congress.Contrary to what you might think from the administration's responses to Iran and Honduras, not all of our friends are being snubbed or our enemies embraced. Obama showed considerable respect for our friend and ally Colombia at a working meeting with President Alvaro Uribe at the White House Monday, declaring at a joint press conference that "we are grateful for his friendship."
It was a commendable show of leadership, and an appropriate response to Colombia, an invaluable ally in fighting drugs,terrorism, as well as being a democratic model for the region. "President Uribe's administration I think has under very difficult circumstances performed admirably on a whole range of fronts," Obama said.

Better still, Obama said that passing Colombia's long-stalled free trade treaty was at the top of the bilateral agenda.
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