We have gathered today to commemorate 200 years of diplomatic relations and outline a vision for the future of U.S.-Colombian relations based on shared prosperity, social equity, and the defense of human rights and fundamental freedoms. and the reaffirmation of the hemispheric consensus in favor of the democracy enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter.

The United States intends to designate Colombia as a Major Non-NATO Ally in recognition of our exceptionally close cooperation in the hemisphere, Colombia’s significant contributions as a global NATO partner, its commitment to NATO’s mission to promote democratic values ​​and its commitment to the peaceful settlement of disputes and its rejection of Russia’s unprovoked and unjustifiable aggression against Ukraine.

We are committed to expanding the long-standing bilateral security cooperation into a strategic partnership with positive bilateral, regional and global implications. Recognizing that strengthening Colombia’s security is in the national security interest of the United States, we have agreed to maintain strong cooperation to combat terrorism and transnational criminal actors, including drug trafficking and smuggling and human trafficking, as well as the harmful influence of outside actors .

We are committed to advancing our broader drug policy strategy, with a holistic approach to the fight against narcotics focused on expanding access to prevention, treatment, harm reduction and support for evidence-based recovery, as well as illicit drug supply reduction through renewed efforts that link eradication, interdiction, drug demand reduction, control efforts against money laundering and the strength of rule of law institutions. Our comprehensive approach will combine rural security and development efforts and work to consolidate and support peace implementation and reconciliation programs, while ensuring that criminal actors are brought to justice.

In the face of persistent challenges to democracy and universal human rights around the world, we recognized the need for our governments to demonstrate that democracy can help improve the lives of our citizens by cracking down on corruption and promoting transparency. , ensuring a green environment and just recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis in Venezuela is a regional challenge and we are committed to supporting the restoration of democracy if necessary to end the political, economic and humanitarian crises. In our continued efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic globally, the United States announced the donation of two million additional vaccine doses to Colombia, including for displaced and migrant communities.

We agreed to prioritize investments in our shared prosperity through the Rebuilding a Better World initiative focused on climate change, health and health technologies, digital connectivity and gender equity. Additionally, we are committed to ensuring that the future of U.S.-Colombian cooperation is guided by an ongoing commitment to environmental and social justice, as well as racial equity and respect for human rights.

Finally, we agreed to work on a new framework for how nations in the hemisphere collectively manage migration. The current migration crisis is bigger than any country and any border. This is a moment that calls us all to action. The United States and Colombia urge leaders of the Americas to join us in developing a regional declaration on migration and protection. The Americas have a rich tradition of welcoming refugees and immigrants and of solidarity with our neighbours. By working together, we can overcome this current crisis and truly set an example for the rest of the world.