Sending Office: Honorable Gregory W. Meeks
Sent By:
Florence.Akinyemi@mail.house.gov

Join the Congressional Colombia Caucus!

 

Dear Colleagues:

As founders and co-chairs of the Congressional Colombia Caucus, we invite you to join this important caucus to continue strengthening and enhancing this key relationship in Latin America. As our hemisphere faces significant challenges, we look forward to
working together toward furthering our common goals of stability, prosperity, and democratic governance.

As we look to welcome Colombian President Iván Duque next week, we want to highlight for you the importance of the U.S-Colombia relationship.

Colombia is a close ally of the United States, and a valued strategic partner which shares key U.S. values such as democracy, rule of law, and human rights.

Colombia has distinguished itself as a global leader in fighting drug trafficking and terrorism, while undertaking unprecedented reforms and making significant progress to enhance labor and human rights. Moreover, the Colombian government and people have
been steadfast security partners with the United States as our nations have worked together over many years to successfully address the security challenges in Central America’s Northern Triangle. Both countries are committed to strengthening this partnership
as we address new common concerns in the region and the world. Colombia is also the first NATO global partner in the region. 

The special bond our nations share deepened with Plan Colombia, a bilateral strategy launched nearly two decades ago that enjoyed strong bipartisan U.S support and drastically helped reduced crime and violence in Colombia. The U.S – Colombia Free Trade Agreement,
a critical component of the long-term strategy, has provided growth opportunities to small and medium businesses while promoting investment and greater trade between our economies. Today, Colombia is a strong economic partner of the U.S., and the U.S. is Colombia’s
largest trading partner.

Today, Colombia is facing a daunting challenge caused by the Maduro regime in Venezuela, leading to the most serious humanitarian crisis the region has seen in recent history. Last year alone, more than 1.2 million Venezuelans crossed the border to stay
in Colombia. To its credit, Colombia has stepped up to this challenge, adopting measures to provide healthcare, education and aid in an orderly manner to those in need.

If you are interested in joining or to receive additional information about the Congressional Colombia Caucus, please contact:

  • Florence Akinyemi (Meeks): Florence.Akinyemi@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-3461
  • Joe Bartlett (Rooney): Joe.Bartlett@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-2536    
  • Gisselle Reynolds (Díaz-Balart): Gisselle.Reynolds@mail.house.gov or (202) 225-4211

Sincerely,

 

Gregory Meeks                            Francis Rooney                          Mario Díaz-Balart          

Member of Congress                   Member of Congress                  Member of Congress

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