Colombia’s ambassador to the U.S. predicted Monday that Congress would approve the free trade agreement between the two countries by the end of the summer.
Gabriel Silva said he expects President Barack Obama to use his leadership to successfully push the trade agreement through Congress.
Talks between the administration and congressional leaders on passing trade deals with Colombia, South Korea and Panama have bogged down over a dispute on extending benefits to workers displaced by trade.
But Silva said he is optimistic.
“I am convinced that the commitment by the administration and President Obama is significant,” he said at an event hosted by the Center for Strategic International Studies.