U.S Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
October 10, 2019
The below is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met with Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo yesterday in Washington, D.C., to inaugurate the eighth U.S.-Colombia High Level Dialogue featuring discussions on cooperation on security and counternarcotics, increasing economic prosperity, and strengthening democratic governance. Secretary Pompeo underscored continued U.S. support for Colombia’s coca eradication efforts and expanded police presence in rural areas to sustain counternarcotics gains, as well as for Colombia’s efforts to secure a lasting peace. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Trujillo also discussed the Maduro-generated crisis in Venezuela and its enormous burden on Colombia and the region. The Secretary expressed gratitude for Colombia’s continued democratic leadership and extraordinary generosity in hosting Venezuelan refugees.