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Colombia Receives Bipartisan U.S. Congressional Delegation


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Colombia receives bipartisan U.S. Congressional delegation – Credit: @CancilleriaCol / X

Colombia received a bipartisan delegation from the U.S. Congress this weekend. During the meeting, issues such as agrarian reform and the fight against drugs were discussed with delegates of the two major U.S. parties, Democrat and Republican, representing the U.S. Congress.

The Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Francisco Coy, held a meeting at the headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with a delegation of nine U.S. congressmen led by Vern Buchanan, Republican Representative for the state of Florida, and Chairman of the House Democracy Partnership (HDP), a House of Representatives commission that works with countries around the world to share best practices that strengthen democratic institutions.

The meeting was attended by the Colombian Minister of Defense, Ivan Velasquez; the Minister of Justice, Nestor Osuna; the High Commissioner for Peace, Otty Patiño and the Vice Minister of Environmental Land Management, Tatiana Roa. During the meeting, the Colombian government’s policies were socialized and bilateral cooperation with the United States in the areas of peace, the fight against the global drug problem, national defense policy and the country’s priorities in the environmental agenda were highlighted.

Historic alliance between the two countries

The two delegations highlighted the strategic bilateral relationship the two countries have maintained for more than two hundred years and the desire to continue strengthening it. Interest was also expressed in the policies of territorial and productive transformation towards legal and environmentally sustainable economies within the framework of the Agrarian Reform and Rural Development, and the National Drug Policy Sowing Life, Banishing Drug Trafficking 2023-2033.

Colombia and the United States expressed their commitment to continue advancing the commitments set forth in the joint statement adopted at the first meeting between Presidents Gustavo Petro and Joe Biden on April 20, 2023. Through this agreement, the two countries pledged to “work together to address the challenges in bilateral cooperation on issues of common interest, seeking to consolidate a diversified agenda”.

The nine U.S. congressmen who visited Colombia were: Vern Buchanan, from the Republican Party, who led the delegation; Adrian Smith, from the state of Nebraska; Tim Walberg, from Michigan; Neal Dunn, from Florida; Kevin Hern, from Oklahoma; and Carlos Gimenez, from Florida’s 28th district. As for the Democratic Party, representation on the commission is led by Dina Titus, representative for the state of Nevada, Diana DeGette, from Colorado, and Dan Kildee, from Michigan.

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