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Colombian Defense Minister Reaffirms U.S. Security Partnership with Visit to United States this Week

Updated: Apr 16, 2020

Will Meet with U.S. Defense Secretary Esper, SOUTHCOM and Congressional and White House Officials

Washington, DC, February 3rd, 2020 — Colombia’s Minister of Defense, Holmes Trujillo, will meet with senior U.S. government officials in Florida and Washington, D.C. this week to reinforce the Colombia-U.S. security partnership.

Security and defense cooperation and bilateral counternarcotics efforts will top the agenda for his meetings with senior U.S. government officials, who include: U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper; Admiral Craig Faller, Commander of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM); members of the National Security Council; and members of key congressional committees.

“The Colombia-U.S. security partnership is the strongest in the Western Hemisphere and one we value deeply,” said Minister Trujillo. “I am looking forward to sharing with my American counterparts the progress Colombia has made on a number of our shared security priorities, including the Venezuela regional crisis and the fight against drugs. I am confident our two countries will continue to make the region safe and secure for Colombians and Americans.”

This is Minister Trujillo’s first trip to the United States as Defense Minister; he was most recently Minister of Foreign Affairs, a position now held by Claudia Blum.

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