Florida Delegation Marks 200th Anniversary of U.S. Relations With Colombia

Members of the Florida delgation are lining up behind a resolution “commemorating the 200thanniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Colombia.”

Last week, U.S. Reps. Albio Sires, D-NJ, and Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., who lead the Colombia Caucus, introduced the resolution which “highlights key milestones throughout two centuries of shared history among these allied Western Hemisphere democracies” and “stresses the importance of continuing to foster and strengthen this key relationship in Latin America.”

“Over two hundred years, the U.S.-Colombia relationship has grown into one of the most important partnerships in the world,” said Diaz-Balart. “This bipartisan resolution celebrates this strong alliance and highlights ways that the United States and Colombia continue to work together to combat narcoterrorism, strengthen democratic institutions, and promote security in our hemisphere. I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues to further strengthen this crucial partnership.”

“Colombia is a true friend of the United States,” said Sires. “I will always appreciate the Colombian people and the Colombian government for partnering with the United States to advance democracy, security, and economic opportunity across this hemisphere. As we mark 200 years of diplomatic relations, I am proud to stand with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle in recognizing our vital alliance with Colombia and expressing our collective resolve to further strengthen this pivotal relationship.”

More than 20 members of the House lined up behind the bill as co-sponsors including U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., Charlie Crist, D-Fla., Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., Maria Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., Michael Waltz, R-Fla., and Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla. The resolution was sent to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Kevin Derby
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