(Washington) US President Joe Biden will receive his Colombian counterpart Ivan Duque, who heads the first Latin American partner country of NATO, on March 10, the White House announced on Wednesday.
The two leaders want to “celebrate 200 years of positive diplomatic relations”, according to a press release.
The White House listed the topics on the agenda: Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the promotion of democracy and security in the Americas, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, economy and immigration.
Joe Biden has already received a Latin American leader, the Mexican Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador, at the White House last November, during a three-way summit with Canada.
But he had never received a leader from South America, nor had he visited the region since his election.
In addition to the topics cited by Washington, Colombia and the United States are cooperating in the fight against drug trafficking.
In 2017, Colombia also became the first Latin American partner country of the Atlantic Alliance.
It was in this capacity that she announced on February 28 the start of military exercises with the United States in the Caribbean Sea, including for the first time a nuclear submarine.
All in a context of great tension between Colombia and Venezuela, a great ally of Russia in the region.
The United States had also in mid-February accused Russia of “trying to extend” in Colombia, from neighboring Venezuela, “its anti-democratic influence”.