Colombia President Juan Manuel Santos met with President Obama in Washington to discuss his country’s growing economy, ongoing peace talks with Marxist rebels in Cuba, and his upcoming re-election campaign.
According to White House officials, Obama is a strong supporter of the peace process in Colombia. The meeting between the two presidents highlights Colombia as a country willing to invest in the safety and economic security of its people.
An unnamed White House source told NBC Latino that the meeting between Santos and Obama don’t constitute and endorsement of the Colombian president’s re-election campaign. The meeting was scheduled prior to Santos’ announcement to seek re-election. The meeting also focused on regional security, technology, and education.
The United States and Colombia have always shared strong political ties. According to data collected in 2011, 989,000 Hispanics of Colombian origin lived in the U.S, composing 1.9 percent of the Latino population in the United States.