The U.S. government supports the Democratic Security policy of President Alvaro Uribe, the Colombian head of state announced after meeting with U.S. Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg.
The American official met with Uribe at the presidential finca in Monteria, where, according to a press release on the president’s website, Steinberg called the U.S.-Colombia relation a “great alliance.”
“The relation is very important. It’s a strategic relation and a great alliance that covers a lot of issues that are important for both our countries. It covers economic, social and cultural aspects,” Steinberg was quoted as saying.
Uribe can count on the support of the U.S. government for his security policy, the press release said.
“The United States support his effort to construct Democratic Security and to seek the well-being of all Colombians.”
A press release from the U.S. embassy in Bogota described the meeting as “productive.”
The U.S. and Colombia have worked closely for decades and are currently implementing an agreement to allow the U.S. to use Colombian military bases and airports to fight drug trafficking. The U.S. is the Colombian state’s biggest sponsor in its battle against leftist insurgent groups and drug traffickers.