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

Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Sep. 15/19). Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo started a visit to Europe this weekend, during which he will have meetings with his counterparts from Ireland and Spain, as well as senior government officials, academics and businessmen and investors interested in Colombia, in addition to an extensive agenda with media.

On Monday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs begins his day in a meeting with businessmen who have investments or investment projects in Colombia, in which he will present the economic priorities of the Government of President Iván Duque and the main opportunities for foreign investors in the country, both in traditional and non-traditional sectors. It will also refer to the benefits of the Financing Law for investment projects.

Later, he will meet with the President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, with whom he will discuss the social, political and economic crisis in Venezuela and the efforts that are being made by the Lima Group so that the country can live again in democracy and freedom. He would also appreciate Ireland’s contribution to the UNHCR to face the impact caused by the Venezuelan migration flow in Colombia and the other countries in the region.

The Foreign Minister will also offer the conference ‘Peace with Legality in Colombia and regional and global challenges’, at the Institute of International and European Affairs center of thought, and then meet with high-level experts, including Eamon Gilmore, Special Envoy of the European Union (EU) for peace in Colombia and Tim O’Connor, former Secretary General of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The first day culminates with the official inauguration of the Colombian Embassy in Ireland.

On September 17, Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo will participate in the session of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defense of the Irish Congress and then the First Meeting of the Political Consultation Mechanism between Colombia and Ireland will be held, which will be co-chaired by the First Deputy Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of that country, Simon Coveney. This meeting will focus on economic issues related to tourism and investment, agricultural cooperation, Orange Economy, innovation, science and technology and education, as well as the fight against corruption, at the multilateral level.

Likewise, he will meet with the President of the Chamber of Deputies of Ireland, Seán Ó Fearghaíl, with whom he will discuss issues such as the process of stabilization and peaceful coexistence in Colombia, the denunciation by Colombia of the presence of illegal armed groups in Venezuela and immigration flexibility for Colombians visiting Ireland. At the end of the meeting, he will attend the plenary session of the Senate and the House, an event that will culminate his agenda in Ireland.

On September 18, Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo will arrive in Madrid, where he will begin his day in a meeting with the Secretary of State for International Cooperation for Latin America and the Caribbean, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, with whom he will discuss issues of economy and trade, investment and tourism, science and technology, as well as cultural and educational matters.

Later, he will meet with the Secretary General of the Spain Spain – FCEC Council Foundation, Jaime Lacadena Higuera, an entity that seeks to foster and strengthen the bilateral relationship through the promotion of cooperation between Spain and Colombia in the cultural field; economic, commercial and business; scientific and academic; the investigation; and the defense of the environment, etc., to improve reciprocal knowledge.

On Thursday, September 19, he will hold a bilateral meeting with his counterpart from Spain, Josep Borrell, with whom he will address issues of bilateral cooperation, support in the face of the high flow of Venezuelan migrants, the multidimensional crisis in Venezuela, investment and culture. In addition, they will discuss the commitments made during the recent visit to Colombia of the High Representative of the European Union and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini.

Before returning to Colombia, Foreign Minister Holmes Trujillo will meet with the former President of Spain, Felipe González, meeting with which ends his work agenda in Europe.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and / or sentence structure not be perfect.

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