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For Immediate Release

Statement on National Security Advisor Jim Jones' visit to Colombia, August 6-8

Statement by National Security Council Spokesman Mike Hammer on National Security Advisor Jim Jones' visit to Colombia August 6-8

National Security Advisor General Jim Jones represented President Obama at the inauguration of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on August 7 with a clear message that the United States will continue its close bilateral ties and strong partnership with Colombia.  General Jones met with President Santos and several of the new cabinet ministers and had excellent discussions  underscoring our commitment to developing closer cooperation across a broad spectrum of issues.  The General expressed our support for President Santos' interest in improving Colombia's relations with its neighbors through direct dialogue based on mutual respect.

General Jones also met with outgoing President Alvaro Uribe to commend him and his government, on behalf of the United States, for his successful eight years in office and courageous leadership in bringing greater security and prosperity to the Colombian people.