Tuesday, May 16, 2017

President Trump and Colombia’s Santos to Meet this Week


Adam Isacson and Gimena Sánchez-Garzoli, wola.org

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Excerpt:
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos is expected to meet with President Donald Trump at the White House on May 18. While the two Presidents spoke by phone on February 13 this will be the first face to face meeting since Mr. Trump took office. Given the long-standing diplomatic, anti-narcotics, commercial, and other alliances between these two nations, the relationship between the United States and Colombia is strong. In 2016, the Santos administration ended a five decades long internal armed conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC). The peace accord will bring about the disarmament of the FARC, an organization designated as a terrorist group by the United States and linked to drug trafficking. President Trump should celebrate the peace accord and offer the financial and political support necessary to guarantee the sustainability of this peace. Doing so is in the best interest of U.S. foreign policy. ... 
 Appendix: U.S. Aid to Colombia in 2017
Other “Function 150”: $14 million: A February 2016 State Department document indicates that this funding would pay for “Public Diplomacy, Voice of America, and Trade and Development Agency” activities in Colombia—three programs that normally are not considered to be foreign assistance. ...

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