NATO Deputy Secretary General meets Colombian Defence Minister
On Wednesday (27 September 2023), NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoană met Colombian Defence Minister Iván Velásquez Gómez at the NATO Headquarters. The Deputy Secretary General underlined the importance of NATO’s partnership with Colombia and the unique perspective that Colombia brings as NATO’s partner in Latin America.
Mr Geoană and Mr Velásquez discussed common security challenges and areas for cooperation under the new NATO-Colombia partnership programme agreed in December 2021. The impact of climate change on security, maritime security, demining, military interoperability, and defence education are among the priorities for enhanced cooperation between NATO and Colombia.
Mr Geoană also commended Colombia for its work on building integrity and for its strong commitment to deepen its cooperation with NATO on the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Colombia became a NATO partner in 2017, the first in Latin America.