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Source: Republic of Colombia

Bogotá (Oct. 8/20). The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Colombia and Chile, Claudia Blum and Andrés Allamand, met this Thursday at the V Commission on Political and Social Affairs between both countries, with the aim of discussing and advancing on matters of great importance to the bilateral agenda and strengthening relationships.

The Foreign Ministers addressed political, multilateral and regional issues, trade and investment, security, defense and justice; as well as cooperation in health matters. Great emphasis was placed on strengthening bilateral investment in our economies.

Minister Blum renewed the invitation extended by President Iván Duque to President Sebastián Piñera to visit Colombia, in accordance with the will of both leaders to maintain and further strengthen bilateral relations.

“Colombia and Chile share a long history of brotherhood and cooperation. Throughout the decades, we have always had reasons to act jointly and in coordination, to promote our common interests in the bilateral sphere and to promote our initiatives in the multiple multilateral scenarios in which we participate ”, assured the head of Colombian foreign relations.

In the context of the post-pandemic economic reactivation, the Ministers agreed on the importance of considerably increasing two-way investment between the two countries, as well as maintaining a conducive climate and direct dialogue with the authorities to generate increasing confidence. They especially highlighted the large bilateral investment in both countries, which in the case of Chile exceeds the sum of US $ 20 billion.

Minister Blum indicated that “the Political and Social Affairs Commission opens the way to the other commissions of the Strategic Association between Colombia and Chile, and augurs successfully the dynamism of all the commissions” and that is why “today more than ever, coordination is necessary to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic, as well as to develop actions that lead to the social and economic recovery of our countries ”.

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