Venezuela outshines in US-Colombia dialogue

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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo welcomes Colombia's Foreign Minister Carlos Trujillo to the State Department on Wednesday, October 9, for high level talks between the two countries.

The two men are seen walking to the podiums, where Pompeo makes the formal welcome.

[Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State]: "Thank you all for being with us this morning. It's my great honor to welcome my friend Foreign Minister Trujillo back to Washington for the U.S. Colombia high-level dialogue. It's the fourth meeting that you and I have had this year. This regular dialogue shows that the United States values our friendship with Colombia, a relationship rooted in a shared set of values: a commitment to democracy, the rule of law and fundamental human rights. President Duque's administration deserves great credit for this close partnership."

The Venezuelan crisis takes center stage in the U.S.-Colombia dialogue.

[Mike Pompeo, U.S. Secretary of State]: "We'll also address Colombia's valiant humanitarian efforts to support the now 1.6 million people who have fled Venezuela and come to Colombia. To date the United States has provided more than 250 million dollars to aid Colombia in its response to the Venezuelan crisis and our support is ongoing and continuing."

The Colombian foreign minister talks about resolving the Venezuelan situation with the United States and expresses gratitude “for the continued US support to assist more than 1.4 million Venezuelan migrants in Colombia."

Both men focus solely on the topics about the US-Colombian meetings.

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