New Colombian Ambassador Francisco Santos


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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.

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