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Helping Colombia resolve war ‘strengthens international order’ US depends on: Obama
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 13, 2016 Leave a comment

Helping Colombia resolve war ‘strengthens international order’ US depends on: Obama

The United States’ efforts to resolve Colombia 51-year long war “strengthens the international order” the country depends on to maintain domestic stability and security, President Barack Obama said in his annual State of the Union on Tuesday.

Santos congratulates Venezuela over peaceful elections
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Dec 7, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos congratulates Venezuela over peaceful elections

President Juan Manuel Santos congratulated Venezuela on Monday, a day after Colombia’s neighbor massively but peacefully elected the government into the opposition benches of the National Assembly.

Santos expresses Colombia’s ‘infinite solidarity’ with France after Paris attacks
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Nov 15, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos expresses Colombia’s ‘infinite solidarity’ with France after Paris attacks

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos visited the French embassy in Bogota on Saturday to express his country’s “infinite solidarity” with France after Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris.

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis
Posted by Reuters on Aug 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia and Venezuela recall ambassadors amid border crisis

Venezuela and Colombia each recalled their ambassadors to the other country on Thursday, amid a diplomatic crisis sparked when socialist-run Venezuela closed two border crossings and deported over a thousand  Full Article »

China commutes deaths sentence for Colombia drug mule
Posted by The Associated Press on Aug 21, 2015 Leave a comment

China commutes deaths sentence for Colombia drug mule

Colombia’s Foreign Ministry said Thursday that a Colombian arrested in China on drug charges has had his death sentence commuted and will soon be coming home.

2 Colombians missing, 21 located in Nepal after devastating earthquake
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Apr 27, 2015 Leave a comment

2 Colombians missing, 21 located in Nepal after devastating earthquake

Of the 23 Colombians who were in Nepal on Saturday, when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake killed more than 3,700 in the Asian country, two were still missing on Monday and feared  Full Article »

Colombians detained in China beg to be returned home
Posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith on Apr 14, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombians detained in China beg to be returned home

Colombia’s Congress is debating the welfare of Colombian nationals currently awaiting capital punishment in Chinese prisons for drug-trafficking, some of whom have begged their government for repatriation.

US sanctions against Venezuela ‘counterproductive’: Santos
Posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith on Apr 9, 2015 Leave a comment

US sanctions against Venezuela ‘counterproductive’: Santos

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Wednesday labeled recent US sanctions against Venezuela “counterproductive,” reinforcing an opinion that has previously been expressed by his administration.

Colombia asks Venezuela to allow Red Cross to visit jailed opposition leader
Posted by Rush Dorsett on Mar 17, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia asks Venezuela to allow Red Cross to visit jailed opposition leader

Colombia’s foreign minister, together with her counterparts from Brazil and Ecuador, on Tuesday asked Venezuela to permit the Red Cross to visit an imprisoned opposition leader.

Spain reiterates support for Colombia peace talks, but fails to offer concrete aid
Posted by Alice Bradshaw-Smith on Mar 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Spain reiterates support for Colombia peace talks, but fails to offer concrete aid

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos returned from Spain on Thursday with no promises of concrete support for a post-conflict situation in the South American country.

‘No evidence’ of Colombia paramilitary involvement in Venezuela
Posted by Rebecca Florey on Mar 2, 2015 Leave a comment

‘No evidence’ of Colombia paramilitary involvement in Venezuela

Colombia’s Interior minister on Monday stated that there is “no evidence” that the US government and paramilitaries from Colombia have incited violence in Venezuela.

Panama lawmaker angers Colombia over xenophobic slur
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Feb 25, 2015 Leave a comment

Panama lawmaker angers Colombia over xenophobic slur

Colombia’s Foreign Ministry said she will write a formal letter of rejection to her Panamanian counterpart over a congresswoman who — in a debate on migration — referred to Colombians in  Full Article »

Venezuela seeks improved US relations with controversial Colombian ex-president’s help
Posted by Rebecca Florey on Feb 5, 2015 Leave a comment

Venezuela seeks improved US relations with controversial Colombian ex-president’s help

Venezuela has asked Colombian ex-president Ernesto Samper for help in securing improved diplomatic relations with the United States.

No more walking on eggshells: Colombia expresses support for Venezuela opposition
Posted by Rebecca Florey on Jan 28, 2015 Leave a comment

No more walking on eggshells: Colombia expresses support for Venezuela opposition

Relations with Venezuela hit rocky ground again on Tuesday after Colombia’s foreign ministry requested the release from prison of a leading Venezuelan opposition figure.

Santos visits Paris, reiterates Colombia’s solidarity with terrorism victims
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 26, 2015 Leave a comment

Santos visits Paris, reiterates Colombia’s solidarity with terrorism victims

Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday reiterated his country’s solidarity with victims of a Muslim extremists’ attack in Paris while on an official visit to France while stressing the need for  Full Article »

Colombia rejects Charlie Hebdo massacre
Posted by Adriaan Alsema on Jan 8, 2015 Leave a comment

Colombia rejects Charlie Hebdo massacre

The Colombian government and media on Thursday rejected an Islamist attack on French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that killed 12 and injured 11 in Paris the day before.