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Statement delivered by Senator the Honourable Dennis Moses, Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs on the occasion of Colombia’s Independence Day.

REMARKS
DELIVERED BY 

SENATOR
THE HONOURABLE DENNIS MOSES, MINISTER OF FOREIGN

AND
CARICOM AFFAIRS ON THE OCCASION OF COLOMBIA’S

INDEPENDENCE
DAY

 THURSDAY JULY 20TH, 2017

I am honoured to extend congratulatory greetings on the
auspicious occasion of the 207th Anniversary of Independence of the
Republic of Colombia on behalf of Dr. the Honourable Keith Rowley, Prime
Minister, and the Government and people of the Republic of Trinidad and
Tobago.

Your Excellency, as you commemorate your first Independence Day as Ambassador of the Republic of Colombia,
allow me once again to welcome you and Mrs. Mejía to our twin-island nation and
to wish you every success during your tenure in Trinidad and Tobago.   

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1968,
Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia have enjoyed a warm and cordial relationship which I am confident will be enhanced
under your stewardship. 

It is worth noting that since the
reopening of the Embassy of Colombia in Port of Spain in 2012, there has been
increased collaboration between our two countries. In this regard, I wish to
acknowledge the importance of Colombia’s Cooperation Strategy with the Caribbean
Basin, in promoting technical cooperation in the areas of  national security and energy security as well
as education, in particular, language training.

On this note, I wish to highlight the success of the First
Edition of the Spanish as a Foreign
Language Course for Public Servants
, which was offered by the Government of
Colombia and concluded in April of this year with thirty-three (33)
participants graduating. 

I am further pleased to note that the Government of
Colombia has undertaken to conduct a Second Edition of this Programme and I am
advised  that sixty- eight (68)
participants from five (5) Ministries 
are enrolled in this session which began in May and is due to conclude
in October, 2017. 

Your Excellency, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago
recognizes that such engagement contributes significantly to building
understanding and appreciation of our respective cultures and to strengthening
the ties between our nations.  With  your continued support and partnership, we
look forward to further enriching the bilateral relationship in key areas of
mutual interest.

Distinguished
   ladies    and
   gentlemen,     beyond    the    vibrant    bilateral engagement, Trinidad
and Tobago and Colombia also collaborate at the multilateral level through our
shared membership of a number of regional and hemispheric bodies such as the
Organization of American States (OAS), the Community of Latin American and
Caribbean States (CELAC), the Association of Caribbean States (ACS) and the
Pacific Alliance. 

With respect to the Pacific Alliance, please allow me to
congratulate Colombia on assuming the Pro Tempore Presidency (PTP) of the
Pacific Alliance at the 12th Pacific Alliance Summit, which took
place on June 30th, 2017. As a founding member of the Pacific
Alliance, Colombia continues to demonstrate commitment to deepening strategic
integration between countries of the Americas and the Pacific including
Trinidad and Tobago which is one of the two (2) CARICOM States with observer status in the
Alliance. 

I must also congratulate the
Government and the people of Colombia on the progress made in the
implementation of the peace agreement, a milestone achievement in Colombian
history, which ended more than fifty (50) years of internal conflict.  Trinidad and Tobago noted with interest that
last month, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia handed over a second
cache of weapons to the United Nations for decommissioning in accordance with
the terms of the peace accord.  The
success of this agreement must be recognized as it is a result of unwavering
dedication to restoring peace and security which stands as an example to us all.

Today as a result of these continued efforts, the image of
Colombia has been transformed. Moreover, as a result of its strong fiscal
policies Colombia’s economy has continued to thrive and, after the United
States of America, Colombia is Trinidad and Tobago’s largest trading partner in
the Americas. 

Your
Excellency, in closing, I am pleased to extend once again sincere
congratulations to the Government and people of Colombia on this significant
day.

Ladies and Gentlemen, may I ask you to raise your glasses
in a toast for the continued progress and prosperity of the Government and
people of the Republic of Colombia and to the enhancement of the strong ties
between our two nations.

Thank you. 

Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs

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