Biden’s meeting with the Colombian president will be heavily focused on migration, officials say

The White House meeting will also discuss other topics, including the future of U.S.-Colombia relations, security cooperation, efforts to protect Colombia’s elections from outside interference and environmental concerns, according to an official. Biden and Duque will also examine the “holistic” approach of the United States and Colombia to counter-narcotics, which includes addressing its root causes, the official said.

Thursday’s meeting precedes the ninth Summit of the Americas, to be held in Los Angeles in June. One of the issues that will be discussed at this summit will be migration and how to better support countries that are on the “frontline”, an official said.

“We seek to learn from the example of countries like Colombia, to once again provide more support to countries on the front lines, to bring leaders to the table to collectively examine how we can chart a new path to better manage migration in the Western Hemisphere,” the official said.

As of June 2021, more than 1.7 million Venezuelans have fled to Colombia, which has granted temporary protected status to Venezuelans in the country.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said last week that the meeting between Biden and Duque “provided presidents with an opportunity to celebrate 200 years of positive diplomatic relations and to consult on a range of regional issues. and global interests of mutual interest, including unprovoked and unwarranted Russia. the military invasion of Ukraine and the promotion of democracy, security and prosperity in the hemisphere.”

Asked about Russian influence in the Americas and misinformation, an administration official pointed to the “technical assistance and support” the United States has provided to Colombia to defend critical infrastructure and counter terrorism efforts. disinformation.

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