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“Colombia: Working Hand In Hand Towards A New Era”

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July 20, 2011

USA Today Insert (United World)

After more than a decade of Plan Colombia – the country’s successful strategy to combat drug terrorism in collaboration with the U.S. – Colombia is ready for a new era in its relations with its northern ally and largest trading partner. In September 2010, President Santos met with President Obama to discuss a wider agenda between the two countries that moves beyond security issues to include democracy and human rights, energy, environment and climate change, economic opportunities, culture and education, and science and technology. Colombian ambassador to the U.S. Gabriel Silva Lujan says, “Safety and security are still of great relevance but now we are looking to expand into a meaningful and substantive bilateral agenda.