British Foreign Secretary arrives in Colombia to support peace and meets Petro

Bogotá, May 19 (EFE). British Foreign Secretary James Cleverly arrived in Cartagena de Indias on Friday, at the start of a visit to Colombia that ends next Sunday and includes a meeting with Colombian President Gustavo Petro.

Cleverly, received in that city by the British ambassador to Colombia, George Hodgson, said, “I am in Cartagena, Colombia, on my first visit to Latin America. We are witnessing a co-operation with Colombia. I am very happy to be here.” .

On Saturday, he will travel smartly, accompanied by his Colombian counterpart, Alvaro Leyva, to San José del Guaviare, the capital of the Guaviare province located in the confluence of the Amazon with the Orinoquia.

The next day, Cleverly is scheduled to meet President Pietro in Bogota.

“The main topics of the visit include peace and security, intelligence, climate change, energy transition, transportation and infrastructure, international affairs and visas,” the State Department said in a statement.

The UK is a donor for the implementation of the 2016 Peace Agreement, signed between the Colombian government and FARC guerrillas, and as such contributes resources to the European Peace Fund and the UN Multi-Donor Fund.

On the occasion of the celebration of the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, which will take place in April 2025, Colombia wishes to highlight the various dimensions of bilateral cooperation and to strengthen and strengthen joint relations with the United Kingdom through various cultural activities.

Cleverly’s visit to Colombia is part of his four-country tour of Latin America and the Caribbean that began in Jamaica and will also take him to Chile and Brazil, with which he seeks to renew the UK’s relationship with this region. EFE

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