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Thursday, February 2, 2023

The United States will designate Colombia as a “strategic ally” outside NATO

The United States will designate Colombia a “strategic ally” outside NATO, President Joe Biden announced on Thursday met with his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duquein the White House.

Colombia will be the third Latin American country to receive this designation from the US, which allows it to receive US military material and cooperation. “This is a recognition of the unique and close relationship that exists between our countries,” said President Biden in his meeting with the Colombian delegation in Washington DC.

For his part, the duke thanked Biden for the measure and assured that it was a “recognition of the values ​​and principles” shared by the governments. The meeting is the first time the leaders have met since the American took office in January last year, and it is taking place less than six months after the Colombian left office.

The US President also announced during his meeting with the Duke that he plans to sign a regional declaration on immigration issues during the Summit of the AmericasWhich will be held in Los Angeles in June.

The announcement will include “more aid for countries like Colombia that host a large percentage of migrants” and ways to expand resettlement and other “legal avenues” for migration, the president said.

Colombia is the country that has welcomed the most Venezuelan immigrants in the world with more than 1.8 million people, according to UN data.

US visit to Venezuela does not change Colombia’s position

After meeting with Biden, President Duque did not want to answer reporters’ questions about whether the two leaders addressed the Venezuelan issue. an american delegation Took a weekend trip to Venezuela Breaking years of diplomatic silence between the two countries.

When asked about talking to President Biden about the trip, Duke said, “I’m not going to answer for America because I think it’s up to the authorities in this country (…) Nicolás Maduro is a dictator.” of American officials to Caracas.

Duque said both countries agreed that the solution to the situation in Venezuela “is through the return of democracy.”

Media reports have suggested that the US is likely to lift oil embargoes with Venezuela in order to bring crude from the South American country to US refineries as a result of rising oil prices due to the war in Ukraine. However, this end was rejected by the White House This Thursday

Duque said ahead of his meeting with Biden on Monday that the US “should consider” the possibility of lifting sanctions on Venezuela.

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