By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Congressman Paul Cook, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee’s Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, hosted a meeting with Members of Congress and Foreign Minister of Colombia, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, to discuss the U.S.-Colombia partnership, Colombia’s approach to counternarcotics and regional security, implementation of the peace accord with the FARC, Venezuelan migration crisis and need for the region to take more action, and support for Israel.
Chairman Cook:“Colombia is one of our most important allies in the Western Hemisphere. Its recent acceptance into the OECD, leadership in the Pacific Alliance and Lima Group, and host of this month’s UNITAS maritime exercise demonstrate the pivotal role it plays in the region. President Duque’s willingness to address tough issues with the rising coca production, growth of fractured criminal groups, and disruption of trafficking networks are critical to improving regional security. I also commend Colombia’s leadership in providing training to our Central American partners and in serving the needs of over one million Venezuelan refugees in Colombia. We must continue to work together to increase regional pressure to bring an end to the crises in both Venezuela and Nicaragua, and I look forward to working with President Duque to address all these challenges and advance our shared values in the region.”