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Blinken to visit Colombia later this month

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BOGOTA, Oct 8 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Colombia later this month to strengthen the 2 nations’ relationship and talk about numerous subjects associated to their shared agenda, the Andean nation’s overseas ministry mentioned on Friday.

The United States is Colombia’s chief ally within the struggle towards drug trafficking and its primary export vacation spot.

Blinken accepted the invitation to visit Colombia from Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez following a gathering between the 2 in Paris, Colombia’s overseas ministry mentioned in a press release.

The encounter will symbolize the primary visit by a excessive degree U.S. official to Colombia since President Joe Biden took workplace.

During the assembly, which can happen on Oct. 20, Ramirez and Blinken will talk about human rights, social and financial alternatives, and the battle on medication, amongst different themes, Colombia’s overseas ministry mentioned.

On Friday, Blinken met with Mexico’s president in Mexico City to talk about a brand new joint safety plan to assist struggle drug cartels, a visit aimed toward patching up frayed ties.

Reporting by Oliver Griffin, Editing by Rosalba O’Brien

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