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Published On: Mon, Mar 12th, 2018

Trump to visit Colombia after Summit of the Americas in mid-April

nsnbc : U.S. President Donald Trump will visit Colombia in April at the end of the Summit of the Americas on April 13 -14, confirmed Colombia’s Foreign Ministry on Friday.

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Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin announced that President Donald Trump will travel to Colombia at the end of the summit. The Colprensa news agency quoted her as saying “We have been talking about this visit for several days. It will be a visit during which several issues will be talked about.”

On Friday the White House announced that Trump will travel to Peru for the Summit of the Americas. The trip would be his first visit to Latin America since taking office more than a year ago.

Caracol Radio reported the stop in Colombia is meant as a gesture to show that the ties between the two traditional allies remain strong. Holguin said that “the trade issue is one of the things on our agenda.”

According to Colombia’s ambassador to Washington DC, Camilo Reyes, the visit “is good news that reflects the special and strategic character of the relationship between Colombia and the United States.”

In 2017 Trump threatened to decertify Colombia as a partner in American counter-narcotics efforts after the South American country had turned to the United Nations for help in curbing cocaine trafficking. Since then, the two countries’ governments have had several high-level meetings in a bilateral attempt to maintain the working relationship they have had for decades.

A/N – nsnbc 12.03.2018

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