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Bogota, Columbia - Deputy Secretary Blinken participated in the fifth round of the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue in Bogota on April 27. Deputy Secretary Blinken and Foreign Minister Holguin opened the meeting with remarks. Commenting on the many areas of successful cooperation with Colombia, Deputy Secretary Blinken stated that progress since the first dialogue five years ago is “thanks to the courage and resilience of the Colombian people, who are translating steady economic and security gains into a strong foundation for shared prosperity and durable peace.”

Delegations from the two countries held discussions in five working groups expanding cooperation in the areas of democracy, human rights and good governance; energy; social and economic opportunities; environmental protection and climate change; and culture and education.

Among the many areas of deepened cooperation, the United States announced the following:

College Horizons Outreach Program (CHOP): CHOP has reached more than 100 African descendant and indigenous secondary school students with English teaching, mentoring, and academic advising to encourage students who show academic promise amid hardship to pursue higher education.