By Ivan Maltsev
The Secretary of State pointed to close bilateral cooperation in some areas.
On Thursday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken delivered a speech at the high-level dialogue between the United States and Colombia in Bogota, noting the scale and depth of relations between the two countries.
“The main purpose of this trip, my first trip to South America as Secretary of State is to understand how to make sure that democracies benefit our peoples,” he said. We know that one of the ways to achieve this is to work closely with our partners and allies to solve the most serious problems we face. And that’s what the United States and Colombia are doing.”
According to the Secretary of State, the central topics of the dialogue are the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis, and migration.
“We must face these challenges together because they are too big and too complex for each of us to cope with them alone,” Blinken stressed.
He noted the close cooperation between the health authorities of the two countries and recalled that the United States had allocated more than $ 80 million to help Colombia defeat the coronavirus.
Colombia and the United States are also cooperating on migration, including efforts to meet the humanitarian needs of 1.8 million Venezuelans who have fled to Colombia.
“We are also focused on addressing the root causes of these problems, not just their symptoms. Inequality, discrimination, corruption, and lack of access to opportunities are at the root of many of these problems. They need to be addressed if we are serious about overcoming them. Together we are finding innovative ways to achieve just that,” Blinken said.
Another important topic of the dialogue is security. According to the Secretary of State, the United States has developed a new approach in this area, which focuses on human rights.
“We continue to pay special attention to building the capacity and resources of prosecutors, judges, and other key actors to ensure accountability for human rights violations and abuses, and we are working together to improve the protection of journalists, human rights defenders, and others who boldly defend their rights in the face of incessant threats and attacks,” the head of the Department of State said.
“We will do this in accordance with the values of our two countries: transparency, environmental sustainability, empowerment of local communities. All of this is vital to our approach,” Antony Blinken said.