President, Donald Trump, will receive his Colombian counterpart, Ivan Duque, next Wednesday, February 13 to discuss the ongoing efforts "to restore democracy in Venezuela" and strategic alliances in the region, reported the White House today.
"The leaders hope to discuss their commitment to policies in favor of growth, combating terrorism and illicit drug trafficking networks, strategic alliances in regional security, and efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela," the presidential spokesperson's office, Sarah Sanders, said in a statement.
Also, the note added, "President Trump and President Duque will work on the strong alliance between their nations to achieve a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere."
Both Colombia and the United States were among the first countries to recognize the Venezuelan National Assembly's head (AN, Parliament), Juan Guaido, as president "in charge" of Venezuela on January 23.
This is the second meeting between the two leaders after the one held in September last year during the celebration of the General Assembly of the United Nations held in New York.
Duque assumed the Presidency of Colombia last August, and his first official visit to Washington will take place next week.
Trump canceled two planned trips last year to Colombia.
The announcement of Duque's visit to the White House coincides with the presence of Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo in Washington today where he met with John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Adviser, and OAS Secretary Luis Almagro.