The president, Donald Trump, will receive his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, next Wednesday, February 13, to discuss the ongoing efforts “to restore democracy in Venezuela” and strategic alliances in the region, the White House said today.
“The leaders hope to discuss their commitment to policies in favor of growth, combating terrorism and illicit drug trafficking networks, strategic alliances in regional security and efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela,” the presidential spokesperson’s office said. Sarah Sanders, in a statement.
Also, the note added, “President Trump and President Duque will work on the strong alliance between their nations to achieve a more prosperous, secure and democratic Western Hemisphere.”
Both Colombia and the United States were among the first countries to recognize the head of the Venezuelan National Assembly (AN, Parliament), Juan Guaidó, as president “in charge” of Venezuela on January 23.
This is the second meeting between the two leaders after the one held in September last year during the celebration of the General Assembly of the United Nations held in New York.
Duque assumed the Presidency of Colombia last August, and next week will be his first official visit to Washington.
Trump canceled two trips planned last year to Colombia.
The announcement of Duque’s visit to the White House coincides with the presence of Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo in Washington today where he met with John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser, and OAS Secretary Luis Almagro . (EFEUSA) .-