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Pelosi Remarks at Photo Opportunity with President Iván Duque Márquez of Colombia

February 13, 2019

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined President Iván Duque Márquez of Colombia for a photo opportunity ahead of their meeting.   Below are the Speaker’s remarks:

Speaker Pelosi.  Good afternoon, everyone.  It is my honor and privilege to welcome to the Capitol of the United States the President of Colombia, President Iván Duque Márquez.

I welcome as a friend and neighbor in our hemisphere, so we can recognize the importance of the U.S.–Colombia relationship and our commitment to having better relationships throughout Latin America and the Western Hemisphere.

Mr. President, I sadly first want to extend my sympathy and that of our colleagues in Congress for the loss of life that you suffered at the ELN brutality and the bombing in January.

Today, I look forward to having a conversation with the President about respecting the peace accord and honoring the ceasefire.  We’ll talk about trade, I’m sure – the Colombia Free Trade Agreement.  The issue of narcotics as we can stop the spread, but also protect the communities affected by it.  To do so in a way that strengthens our relationship.

We also have an interest in how we go forward in terms of Venezuela, and I commend the President and Colombia for welcoming one million, one million refugees from Venezuela to Colombia.

So, we have vital interests to discuss.  I’m honored to again welcome the President.  I’m also honored to be joined today by one of our colleagues: Congressman Gallego from Arizona, who’s the first Colombian-American ever to be elected to the Congress of the United States.  He joined me in welcoming the President.

Mr. President, welcome.