Philip Hammond, the Foreign Secretary, is visiting Colombia as part of his tour of Latin American countries. He is to visit both Bogota and Cartagena in his first trip to the country as Foreign Secretary.
Hammond will be meeting President Santos as part of the visit, as well as touring the Colombian Naval Base to look at how the country is tackling the narcotics problem.
In a statement Hammond said:
“The UK is a strong supporter of the Colombian peace process and will continue to back efforts underway to reach a sustainable agreement and lasting peace for the Colombian people.
Since 2015 we have committed over £9 million to post-conflict projects in Colombia, drawing on our own experience in Northern Ireland. This builds on our diplomatic efforts in the UN Security Council for a UN mission that will verify an eventual ceasefire.
Our support extends further to areas of shared prosperity and bilateral trade. This year, we will contribute £1 million to Prosperity Fund programmes which promote Colombia’s economic development and £20 million on science and innovation through the Newton Caldas Fund over five years”.