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MIL OSI Translation. Region: Spanish / Latin America / UN –

Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Jun 24/19). Given the criticism of some sectors to the international travels that President Ivan Duque has made during his government, Chancellor Holmes Trujillo said that “presidential diplomacy is fundamental, it is one of the most important manifestations of the foreign policy of the countries in the present”.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs added that this type of actions “are carried out by all countries that have a dynamic external action such as Colombia and the positive results of presidential diplomacy are always shown in the streamlining of decisions, in the mobilization of political will of the States and in the facilitation of new elements of cooperation and joint action with the countries with which Colombia has a relationship. Presidential diplomacy is fundamental in today’s world, which is a globalized and tremendously competitive world “.

Regarding the trips of the Colombian president abroad, he explained that they are in the same average as his predecessors and added that many of them are intended to attend presidential possessions, so they do not last more than a day. “President Duque has also participated in the binational cabinets that he has had in Peru and Ecuador, the summits he has attended in our region as the Andean Presidential Summit, the importance of the trips he has made to the United States -among other things on an official visit to that country – fulfilling a quite significant agenda, the relevance of his trip to the World Economic Forum that resulted in the center of the fourth industrial revolution for Latin America having its headquarters in Medellin, “said the Chancellor.

He explained that all these trips have made it possible to publicize the magnitude of the migration crisis, which mainly affects Colombia with more than 1,300,000 migrants, while asking for the cooperation of the international community for humanitarian assistance to this population. He added that during these international visits progress has been made that has strengthened “the presence of Colombia in the hemisphere and the acquisition of new tools for the country to be strengthened from the technological point of view, as in its recent visit to San Francisco and the results that your recent visit to several European countries can show. “

On this last visit, he clarified that there were 5 days of work in which he carried out 23 activities and meetings with 3 heads of State and Government, which gave rise to concrete results, such as the confirmation that the commercial flow between Colombia and the The United Kingdom will not be affected due to Brexit, British Prime Minister Theresa May assured President Duque.

Likewise, in the United Kingdom, important agreements were reached that include resources for Colombia, such as the one that has to do with scientific cooperation for 3.5 million pounds sterling; the allocation of 1 million pounds sterling for the granting of 15 scholarships to Colombians at the University of the Arts in London; and the agreement to fight against climate change and protect ecosystems, in which the United Kingdom will contribute 8.5 million pounds sterling. He also held a meeting with Prince Charles of Wales and presented before about 400 British businessmen the virtues of Colombia as a destination for investment.

The Chancellor, in the same way, highlighted the results of President Duque’s tour by including important meetings with Antonio Vitorino, general director of the International Organization for Migration; his intervention in the International Labor Organization; the meeting with President Emmanuel Macron, in which it was announced that France wants to participate in the attention to the problems in the border area; a historic agreement for the protection of the environment; a bilateral meeting with the president of Switzerland, Ueli Maurer; the meeting of the President in Cannes with 40 Colombian creatives at the Festival of Colombian Creativity and his participation in the conversation “The Orange Economy: How ideas are the new oil”, in which he promoted his agenda on the Orange Economy.

For the Minister of Foreign Affairs, this is a demonstration of the achievements of President Ivan Duque in his foreign policy during the 10 months of his term. These include the departure of Colombia from Unasur and the birth of Prosur as a regional integration mechanism based on the defense of democracy; the creation of a diplomatic siege to propitiate the end of the dictatorship in Venezuela; the relaunching of the Andean Community of Nations; the holding of the General Assembly of the OAS in Medellín; the celebration of the first Colombia-Caricom summit; the increasingly broad support of the international community for the Peace Policy with Legality of President Duque; diplomacy on issues such as fair coffee prices, actions to tackle the migratory crisis, clean growth and climate change; and Colombia’s proposal to create an International Anti-Corruption Court.

Finally, the Chancellor highlighted that President Iván Duque has had an active agenda at the national level, which includes 33 workshops building a country; tours of all Colombian departments and 46 security councils in the territories. “He has been attentive to all developments in Colombia, he has been acting as a head of state has to do, attending national and international affairs through effective presidential diplomacy, because our foreign policy assumes that the old frontier between the national and international disappeared. Today, national issues are global and global issues are national. “

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