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Readout of Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis’ Meeting with Colombia Minister of Defense Guillermo Botero

Aug. 17, 2018

Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana W. White provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis met with Colombia Minister of Defense Guillermo Botero August 17 in Bogota to reaffirm the long-standing defense relationship between United States and Colombia.

The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, and the secretary thanked the minister for his country’s regional leadership role as a security exporter.

The secretary also thanked Colombia for its work regionally to denounce undemocratic actions — especially those in Venezuela and Nicaragua.

The leaders agreed to work together to achieve mutual strategic objectives to address regional challenges.