United States And Columbia Partnership
The third Western Hemisphere counter-terrorism bilateral minister meetings in Bogota and with senior officials from Colombia and other countries. The Secretary will endorse a strong United states relationship with Colombia to address peace and security for civilians, combat drug production and trafficking, and discuss the humanitarian crisis of Venezuela's refugees.
Counter Terrorism Conference
The United States will join 20 countries in Bogota to broaden and deepen bilateral and multilateral counter-terrorism cooperation in the Western Hemisphere. two previous Western Hemisphere counter terrorism ministerial meetings held in Washington, DC in December 2018 and in Buenos Aires, Argentina in July 2019. The minister will address the activities of the Iran-backed terrorist pseudo Hezbollah in the hemisphere. Paraguay, Brazil and Peru have arrested several Hezbollah operatives on terrorism, money laundering and other criminal charges over the years. Argentina and Paraguay have approved and designation of Hezbollah and other terrorist groups within the past year, While Honduras and Guatemala have stated their intention to nominate Hezbollah. We appreciate this progress and encourage other countries to follow these examples. Minneal participants will also discuss hosting of the Maduro regime of ELN, FARC dissidents and Hezbollah sympathizers in Venezuela. The US government has certified Venezuela as "not a full counter-terrorism effort by the US" since 2006. Minister participants also consider the one-year anniversary of the attack on a police barrack in Bogota by the ELN terrorist group, In which 22 cadets were killed.
Advance Security Goals
The United States and Colombia enjoy long-term friendships. We officially accredited Colombia as an independent state in 1822, and our first diplomatic presence in Colombia was established in 1823. Colombia remains a strong partner for the United States on terrorism and security issues, including terrorism. And ceasefire are included. We are trying to reduce coca cultivation and cocaine production by 50 percent by the end of 2023. President Duke recently announced that with substantial US aid, Colombia eradicated more than 100,000 hectares of coca in 2019. The United States persevered with Colombia's comprehensive, all-government strategy to address the coca / cocaine problem Supports those who eliminate criminal organizations, reduce drug supply and demand, reduce money laundering, and help in poor rural areas Presence somewhere and economic opportunity is focused on increasing ,Where drug trafficking thrives.
We Believe in Democratic Values, and Prospectivity
US partner in ongoing efforts to help Venezuela in the return to democracy and economic prosperity. Colombia's leadership has been essential for coordinating regional support for interim President Juan Guaido, as well as adopting policies to condemn the misrule of Maduro and to isolate its rule, including the OAS and the Lima group. Raised over $ 251 million to help resolve Colombia Venezuela's crisis and support an estimated 1.63 million Venezuelan refugees. Has spent more than what Colombia hosts. From 2016, the United States has provided more than a billion dollars directly or indirectly for peace implementation by far the largest contribution by any international actor. Colombia is the largest trade and investment partner with large investments in the mining and manufacturing sectors. Colombia is the United States' third largest trading partner in Latin America, with a two-way freight trade of $ 29 billion in 2018. United states owned affiliates account for more than 90,000 jobs in Colombia. We are building on our mutual success under the US-Columbia Trade Promotion Agreement (CTPA). US agricultural exports have more than doubled under the CTPA, reaching a record level of $ 2.91 billion in 2018. This type of trade benefits for both the United States and the Colombians.