Ten U.S. Congressmen, headed by Democratic Representative Steny Hoyer,
met with Colombian President Álvaro Uribe in Cartagena Tuesday to
discuss the pending Free Trade Agreement between Colombia and the U.S.
“We talked about the FTA. I support this deal and we listened to President Uribe, the Minister of Defense, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Commerce about how important this deal is. We return with the hope to work with the administration [of U.S. President Barack Obama] to see how we can advance this issue,” Hoyer told newspaper El Tiempo.
According to the Democrat, the Uribe administration has made progress on the issues that made the Democratic majority in Congress block the approval of the pact.
“We are pleased with the progress that he has made in human rights, with the commitment of President Uribe and of his cabinet to focus on the protection of all citizens, may they be friends or of the opposition,” the Democrat said.
Hoyer also praised the Plan Colombia, which, according to the prominent Democrat “has worked, is working and needs to continue.”