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Foreign Secretary reiterates support for Colombian peace process

Foreign Secretary William Hague today met President Santos of Colombia during his visit to London.

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Foreign Secretary William Hague meeting President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia in London, 6 June 2013

Speaking from the Foreign Office Foreign Secretary William Hague welcomed growing trade links between the UK and Colombia, congratulated President Santos on Colombia’s invitation to join OECD membership talks, and repeated the UK’s support for the peace process.

He said:

I am delighted to welcome President Santos to London again. Colombia is one of our strongest partners in Latin America and one with whom we have a great deal in common.

I congratulated the President on progress in the peace talks with the FARC and looked forward to seeing more progress on this, and on human rights concerns, in the future.

We also talked about the potential of the EU-Andean Free Trade Agreement and the positive impact this could have on our trade relationship. We both believe this would cement Colombia’s position as a business hub in Latin America and open up opportunities for UK businesses.

Finally we discussed the troubling situation in the Middle East, particularly Syria, and re-affirmed our commitment to working together for an international solution. We agreed that stability across the region is in all of our interests.

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Published 6 June 2013