In Bogata, Hoeven Meets with Colombian President, Civil Society Members to Strengthen Bilateral Relations

BOGOTÁ, COLOMBIA – Senator John Hoeven met this week with Colombian leaders, including President Iván Duque, as part of a bipartisan congressional delegation (CODEL) to strengthen bilateral relations between the nations. The senator discussed issues including migration, counternarcotics and drug interdiction.

“I appreciate the opportunity to meet with President Duque and other civil society and business leaders in Colombia,” said Hoeven. “We discussed issues important to both our nations, particularly working together to stop narcotics and other drugs from infiltrating our communities. We also discussed the important role Colombia plays in South America and how we can partner to ensure stability in the region.”

In Bogota, the leaders met with Colombian business and civil society leaders. Additionally, the senators met with the U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela, James Story, amid deepening concern regarding increased political and economic instability.

The visit comes as Hoeven joined a letter to President Biden to reaffirm the importance of the U.S.-Colombia relationship and express concern over the recent crackdown on demonstrators.

As part of the bipartisan CODEL, which is being led by Senators Tim Kaine (D-Va.) and Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Hoeven also traveled to Mexico City, Mexico and Quito, Ecuador this week.