Report from NSC Spokesperson Adrienne Watson of Senior Administration Official Trip to Colombia
On Friday, July 22, Deputy Senior National Security Advisor Jon Finer visited Colombia and met with President Ivan Duque, President-elect Gustavo Petro, Vice President-elect Francia Marquez, and Colombian elected officials. He was joined by National Security Advisor to Vice President Phil Gordon, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Brian Nichols and National Security Council Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez.
During the visit, Mr. Finer thanked President Duque on behalf of President Biden for his partnership, particularly his extraordinary efforts on climate change and regional migration. Finer also congratulated the new government of President-elect Petro and Vice President-elect Marquez and underscored the Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to forging a close relationship, based on the principles of equal partnership among nations. sovereign and based on that established between the Administrations of the United States and Colombia for two centuries.
Mr. Finer and the new administration discussed the full range of issues related to the bilateral relationship, with many areas of common interest, including the fight against climate change, economic development, especially in rural areas, and l widening implementation of the 2016 Colombian peace accord. They pledged to engage more in the weeks and months to come.