Vice President of Colombia met with Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State: "In Colombia, there is an independent judiciary.
Marta Lucía Ramírez, who also serves as Chancellor, had a meeting with the US Secretary of State. "We work together on different issues and in different ways," said Administration official Biden. Ramírez affirmed that "fortunately" the investigations into the strike are not in the hands of the Colombian government.
The Foreign Minister and Vice President of Colombia, Marta Lucía Ramírez, met with the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, in the US.
Prior to the meeting, the two made statements to the press.
I am happy to have the Vice President and the Foreign Minister here today. Blinken said a partnership between the United States and Colombia is essential.
During the visit, the Secretary of State stressed that the Duque government is committed to human rights and hopes that Cali will be included in the visit of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which has been the target of various forms of violence.
He also referred to vaccination and told Blinken that "all the vaccines that they can give us at this time are welcome," ensuring that Colombia has the logistical capacity to apply them safely.
Previously the Chancellor added: "We work together on so many different issues and in so many different ways, and it is a particular pleasure this morning to have the opportunity to continue that work, to deepen the partnership on many challenges; I think some opportunities too, and I hope you look forward to the conversation."
For his part, Ramírez thanked Joe Biden's government official and said: "As you said, this is a long history that we have together, working together for the values we share: democracy, development, and job creation. We have many challenges in common and, for Colombia, it has been the most important relationship".
We must remain committed to increasing the opportunities of our people, not only in Colombia but also in the United States. And, in our view, this is the relationship we really want to prioritize first. So thank you so much for giving me this opportunity.
So thank you very much for giving me this opportunity. And thank you because I know you've come a long way, so that's the importance of our relationship. Thank you, Columbia said.
At first, the meeting had been ruled out since the Americans seemed to have no space to attend the Colombian foreign minister. However, this Friday's meeting was confirmed on Wednesday.
In recent days, Ramírez met with representatives of the IACHR, with important White House officials, and with congressmen from the Democratic party. The official also made space to meet with who was one of the most fierce critics of the management of the Government of Iván Duque during the national strike: Democratic representative Jim McGovern.
Through a message posted on his Twitter account, Ramírez acknowledged that he had an important dialogue with the US parliamentarian. "I talked about human rights in the framework of social protest in Colombia. We are advancing on a constructive agenda, based on transparency and democratic principles," he stressed.