Obama, Colombia's Santos Discuss Economic Relations

Published on 04 December 2013

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by Office of the Spokesperson


Washington, D.C.

Barack Obama And Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
Barack Obama And Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

President Obama, seen here on the right, met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at the White House December 3 to discuss the U.S.-Colombian economic relationship.

Obama said that since the United States and Colombia finalized a free-trade agreement during his first term of office, trade between the two Western Hemisphere nations has increased 20 percent.

Obama also noted Colombia’s increasing influence on the world stage. “We supported Colombia’s membership in the [Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development] because it’s reflective of Colombia’s rights. It continues to have a strong influence regionally,” Obama said.

“I emphasized to President Santos that the work and the efforts that he’s made on issues like human rights and labor rights inside of Colombia are not only good for the Colombian people, and we want to encourage them, but they also show a path for countries that have had in some cases a difficult history moving forward into a 21st century that promises greater opportunity and prosperity and peace,” Obama added.

Santos told Obama during the Oval Office meeting that “the relations of our two countries find themselves at their best moment ever. And as a result, the agenda that we have discussed this morning is much broader than it’s ever been.”



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Posted 2013-12-04 09:42:00