MIL-OSI Translation: Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez speaks again with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken

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Source: Republic of Colombia

– They addressed issues related to democracy in the region and the situation in countries such as Haiti and Cuba.

Bogotá, D.C., July 26, 2021. (@ViceColombia) (@CancilleriaCol). Vice President and Chancellor Marta Lucía Ramírez held a constructive dialogue with the Secretary of State of the United States, Antony Blinken, -this Monday- by telephone. This is the second time that senior officials have discussed issues of common interest to the two countries, after the meeting held in Washington at the end of May.

The heads of diplomacy of both countries exchanged opinions on regional affairs, particularly on the importance of democracy and the situation in countries such as Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela. Both were emphatic in their rejection of the intimidation exercised by the Nicolás Maduro regime against the interim President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and members of the National Assembly in Venezuela.

Regarding the situation in Haiti, the joint work of both States with the Haitian authorities was highlighted to bring to justice those implicated in the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse, which occurred on July 7.

Likewise, there were coincidences on the need to promote democratic spaces throughout the continent, based on respect for Human Rights, the freedom of expression of the people and political opponents.

Other topics addressed in this conversation were the fight against drug trafficking, peace building and economic reactivation, after the crisis caused by the pandemic. The United States reiterated its commitment to continue supporting Colombia in matters of security and on the path to development with equity.

“We vehemently continue to reaffirm ties of friendship and cooperation between the United States and Colombia, cooperating on strategic issues and defending the democratic principles that we share in this 200-year relationship, which we want to strengthen and prolong, for the next century. I appreciate the willingness and determination of Secretary Blinken, on behalf of the government of President Biden, to continue supporting our country, in difficult times like the ones we face, ”said the Vice President and Chancellor.

Specifically, he expressed his gratitude to the high-ranking US official for the donation of 2.5 million vaccines from the Janssen pharmaceutical company and 3.5 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine, to move forward with speed in the immunization plan for Colombians and Venezuelan migrants.

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