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Office of the Vice President
For Immediate Release

Readout of the Vice President's Meeting with the Colombian Vice President

Vice President Biden and Colombian Vice President Garzón met earlier today, and discussed a range of issues in U.S.-Colombia relations, which both countries are determined to deepen.  Vice President Biden expressed his condolences for the devastation and lives lost in Colombia due to recent historic flooding, and also discussed the role of economic ties between the United States and Colombia in supporting Colombia’s recovery from the flooding.  
 
Vice President Biden expressed the Administration’s commitment to working closely with the Government of Colombia and other key stakeholders on the successful conclusion of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement.  Vice President Biden commended Vice President Garzón for his leadership on issues related to labor and human rights and underscored the Administration’s support for key reforms being pursued by President Santos and his Administration.