Secretary General welcomes Colombian Foreign Minister to NATO

  • 28 Oct. 2019 -
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  • Last updated: 28 Oct. 2019 12:33

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo to NATO headquarters on Monday (28 October 2019) for talks on regional security and strengthening the cooperation between Colombia and the Alliance. “Our partnership is good for Colombia and good for NATO,” said the Secretary General. He welcomed that this partnership has grown steadily in recent years.

Today will be the second meeting that the North Atlantic Council has had with Colombia,” said the Secretary General. He noted the value of this political dialogue and welcomed that the Colombian embassy in Brussels has been accredited as a Mission to NATO. “This will help us take our partnership forward,” he added. 

The Secretary General also underscored the practical results of NATO’s partnership with Colombia, including joint work on cyber defence, maritime security and promoting women in peace and security. “NATO will also benefit from Colombia’s expertise, in particular in humanitarian demining,” he noted.

Colombia officially became a partner country – the Alliance’s newest, and its first in Latin America – in May 2017. In the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in September this year, the Secretary General held talks with Colombian President Iván Duque Márquez. NATO works with 41 partner countries around the world to promote international peace and security.