Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday confirmed he will meet with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama on Friday when both presidents are in New York for a meeting of the United Nations’ General Assembly.
Earlier that day, White House National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes announced the meeting on the sideline of the U.N. summit.
Santos hopes the private meeting will “strengthen the alliance between our two countries on the many issues we share, and of course to talk about the future of our relations. We hope they will continue to be of great cooperation and a great friend,” Santos said in a press release.
Santos will address the General Assembly on Friday and plans to also meet with former U.S. President Bill Clinton and former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair.