The European Union’s foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, met on 12 September in Colombia’s capital, Bogota, with the country’s president, Iván Duque Márquez.

During the visit, they discussed the progress achieved in EU-Colombia relations in the last five years and perspectives for further strengthening their partnership, including through a new political framework.

Among the topics discussed was the political and the migratory situation in Venezuela and in the region. Mogherini expressed her appreciation of Colombia’s solidarity in hosting by far the largest number of Venezuelan refugees, and assured Duque of the EU’s support.

Both sides confirmed their commitment to the peace process. They also discussed trade and investment relations, as well as the response to the Amazon fires and the outcome of the recent Leticia Summit convened by Colombia.

Mogherini also met with representatives from civil society and human rights defenders, and reconfirmed the EU’s support of human rights defenders and social leaders.