Washington, DC - Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo: "On behalf of President Trump and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Colombia on the 208th anniversary of your national independence.
"The United States looks to Colombia as a leader in the region, as exemplified by your country’s recent elections with historic levels of civic engagement and firm commitment to strengthening human rights and democracy. Colombia serves as a beacon of hope through its national pursuit of peace and prosperity. We applaud Colombia’s increasing international leadership, including the country’s expanded role at the United Nations, accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, and steadfast, principled approach to the crisis in neighboring Venezuela.
"Our countries are united in our efforts to ensure increased economic activity and regional security, and our people are connected through business, leadership, and educational exchange opportunities.
"I congratulate you and join all Colombians in celebrating this anniversary of national independence."