Treasury Sanctions Colombian Narcotics Trafficker With Ties to the FARC and La Oficina de Envigado

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified Colombian national Pedro Luis Zuleta Noscue as a significant foreign narcotics trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act).  Four additional Colombian nationals were also designated for their involvement in the narcotics trafficking activities of Pedro Luis ...
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Ambassador Kevin Whitaker welcomes 25 new Peace Corps volunteers

On Friday, September 28, the Ambassador of the United States to Colombia, Kevin Whitaker; Peace Corps Director in Colombia, Matthew Carlson; and Jonathan Drewry, director of Peace Corps program and training, presided over the swearing ceremony for 25 new U.S. volunteers from the Peace Corps Colombia in Baranoa, Atlántico. Read full press release in Spanish ...
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NASA…60 years and counting

For six decades, NASA has led the peaceful exploration of space, making discoveries about our planet, our solar system, and our universe. At home in America, NASA research has made great advances in aviation, helped to develop a commercial space industry, enrich our economy, create jobs, and strengthen national security. Outside the United States, our ...
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United States continues to assist Venezuelans in need

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Vice President Mike Pence announced today at the 73rd regular session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, NY, more than $48 million in additional humanitarian U.S. assistance for Venezuelans affected by the man-made crisis in Venezuela. This funding will help provide affected Venezuelans with emergency food ...
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The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities

Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC Today, the United States imposed sanctions on four current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela: First Lady and Former Attorney General Cilia Adela Flores de Maduro, Executive Vice President Delcy Eloina Rodriguez Gomez, Minister of Communication and Information Jorge Jesus Rodriguez Gomez, and Minister of Defense Vladimir ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Ivan Duque Marquez of Colombia

Today, President Donald J. Trump and President Ivan Duque Marquez of Colombia discussed the strong United States–Colombia partnership and our cooperation in the areas of counternarcotics, organized crime, and energy security.  The two leaders also discussed ways the two countries will work together to bring about the restoration of democracy in Venezuela.
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at the Regional Migration and Humanitarian Crisis — Flows from Venezuela Event

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York THE VICE PRESIDENT:  President Duque, thank you for convening this Ministerial meeting, for your words today, and for working tirelessly both in Colombia, and now on the world stage, to form a comprehensive response to the Venezuelan migration crisis.  And not just simply to the consequences of the ...
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Remarks by President Trump to the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly | New York, NY

United Nations Headquarters New York, New York 10:38 A.M. EDT THE PRESIDENT: Madam President, Mr. Secretary-General, world leaders, ambassadors, and distinguished delegates: One year ago, I stood before you for the first time in this grand hall. I addressed the threats facing our world, and I presented a vision to achieve a brighter future for ...
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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (September 13, 2018)

Location: Colombia, La Guajira, Magdalena, and Atlántico Departments Event: Tropical Storm Isaac is expected to enter the Caribbean Sea early on Saturday, September 15, 2018.  There is a risk of strong winds, heavy rainfall and flooding, particularly in La Guajira and the Sierra Nevada of Santa Marta region. Actions to Take: Monitor local media for ...
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Readout of Vice President Mike Pence’s Call with President Ivan Duque of Colombia

Vice President Mike Pence spoke by phone today with President Ivan Duque of Colombia to reiterate the strong bilateral relationship between Colombia and the United States. The two leaders discussed the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and its spillover effects across the region, recommitting themselves to maintaining pressure on the Maduro regime and addressing the tragic ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: A nationwide referendum on anti-corruption measures will take place throughout Colombia on Sunday, August 26, 2018.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the referendum.  There will be road closures throughout Bogota and other major cities on August 26.  Alcohol ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. elections

Your Vote Counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for House and Senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot ...
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Secretary Mattis travels to South America

Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis embarks Sunday, Aug. 12 on his first trip to South America while leading the Department of Defense. The White House declared 2018 the “Year of the Americas,” and the Secretary’s trip underscores the Department’s strong defense ties with Brazil, Argentina, Chile and Colombia. These relationships are critical to a ...
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The Travel Advisory for Colombia

The Travel Advisory for Colombia was updated on June 28, 2018. Colombia – Level 2: Exercise increased caution                                      C       T Exercise increased caution in Colombia due to crime and terrorism.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Arauca, Cauca (except Popayan), Chocó (except Nuquí), Nariño, and Norte de Santander (except ...
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Presidential Elections in Colombia

The United States congratulates Ivan Duque on his election as the next President of Colombia.  We salute Colombia’s strong democracy, and reaffirm our admiration for its people and institutions.  The United States looks forward to deepening our vibrant partnership based on our shared democratic values. Colombia continues to be an example of the ideals that ...
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U.S. Social Security and other Federal Benefits Services Bogota, Cali, and Barranquilla – June 18-22, 2018

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Bogota, Cali, and Barranquilla to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security and other federal benefits. They will receive Social Security Number card applications and Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires (FEQ). In 2018, ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, areas downstream of the Hidroituango dam on the Cauca River in the Departments of Antioquia, Cordoba, Sucre, and Bolivar Event: There is substantial landslide and flooding risk near and downstream from the Hidroituango dam in Ituango, Antioquia.  The Colombian government has ordered the evacuation of a number of communities below the dam, and ...
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Colombian Accession to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development

Heather Nauert, Department Spokesperson, Washington, DC The United States congratulates Colombia on its accession and completion of the process to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The United States commends Colombia’s significant efforts over the past five years to meet the OECD’s technical standards. Membership will bring benefits to the economy ...
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Secretary Pompeo’s Phone Call with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Secretary Pompeo spoke by phone today with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. Secretary Pompeo and President Santos discussed the fraudulent elections held May 20 in Venezuela and the importance of standing together as democratic nations in support of the Venezuelan people and the restoration of their democracy. ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (Presidential Elections)

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: Presidential elections will take place throughout Colombia on Sunday, May 27, 2018.  If needed, a second round will take place on Sunday, June 17, 2018.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the elections.  There will be road closures through ...
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U.S. Assistance for Venezuelans in Colombia

Today, the United States announced an additional $18.5 million in bilateral funding to support displaced Venezuelans in Colombia who have fled the crisis in their country. The United States is coordinating with the Government of Colombia to respond rapidly to the needs of Venezuelans, Colombians, and others who have fled Venezuela, while continuing to move ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Department of Nariño, Colombia Event: Recent reporting indicates a threat of continued kidnappings within the department of Nariño, following the kidnapping and deaths of three Ecuadorian journalists as well as the April 17, 2018 kidnapping of an Ecuadorian couple near the Colombia-Ecuador border.  Embassy personnel may not travel to the Department of Nariño without ...
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Important notice: U.S. Passport fees

Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee for such applicants will increase by ...
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Statement by Heather Nauert on the United States assisting Venezuelans in need

Effective immediately, the United States is increasing humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans in Colombia who were forced to leave their country due to the ongoing crisis created by the Maduro regime. The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing this new initial assistance, totaling $2.5 million, in partnership with the Colombian government. The funds will go ...
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Statement by USAID Administrator Mark Green on U.S. humanitarian assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans

Today, the United States announced new humanitarian assistance to support Venezuelans in Colombia, who are fleeing desperate poverty, hunger, and tyranny in their home country. In partnership with Colombia, this initial, and immediate commitment of $2.5 million will provide emergency food and health assistance for vulnerable Venezuelans and the Colombian communities who are hosting them. ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on President Donald J. Trump’s Upcoming Visit to Latin America

President Donald J. Trump will travel to Peru next month to attend the Summit of the Americas in Lima and will meet with Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. Following the President’s participation at the summit, he will travel to Colombia to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos. The trip will be the President’s first to ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: Legislative elections will take place throughout Colombia on Sunday, March 11.  There is the potential for demonstrations, traffic disruptions, and visible police presence during the campaigns leading up to the elections.  There will be road closures through Bogota and other major cities on March 11.  The National Liberation Army (ELN) has ...
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Under Secretary Shannon’s Travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile

Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will travel to Ecuador, Colombia, and Chile February 25-March 3.  The Under Secretary will underscore long-standing U.S. support for bilateral priorities and reaffirm U.S. engagement to promote a safe, prosperous, and democratic hemisphere. In Quito, Ecuador on February 25-27, Under Secretary Shannon will meet ...
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Federal Benefits Services in Medellin

The regional Federal Benefits Unit will visit Medellin from Wednesday, February 21 until Friday, February 23.  Assistance with Social Security issues will be offered on a walk-in basis (no appointments needed): Where: Colombo-Americano San Fernando Plaza (Poblado) Carrera 43A # 1-50, Local 334 Medellín, Colombia Date: February 21, 22, 23 – 2018 Hours: 8:00 a.m. ...
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Treasury Targets Colombians Linked to Oficina de Envigado Crime Boss Under Kingpin Act

Action Targets Individuals Working to Undermine Law Enforcement Investigations Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated longtime Colombian criminal Javier Garcia Rojas (alias “Maracuya”) and two other Colombian nationals as Specially Designated Narcotics Traffickers (SDNTs) pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota (ELN Strike)

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: The National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group announced an economic shutdown of the country from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 10, 2018 until 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.  The group has warned civilians not to travel during this period, and have threatened to forcibly close roads, river and sea ...
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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos at a joint press availability

February 6, 2018, Bogota, Colombia. SECRETARY TILLERSON: Well, first allow me to thank you, President Santos, for the kind welcome I’ve received in Colombia and for the opportunity for us to have such a meaningful meeting and exchange on views on a number of import issues. And it’s truly a pleasure to be in Colombia ...
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Remarks of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on U.S. engagement in the Western Hemisphere

February 1, 2018 University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, thank you so much. And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today. And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law ...
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Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Bogota

A bomb exploded at the CAI San Jose police station in Barranquilla at 6:40 AM on Saturday, January 27, 2018.  There were a number of police officers killed and wounded.  Colombian authorities are on high alert.  The government has not yet identified a responsible party.
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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

  Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 26, 2018 U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico;  Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Perú; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7.  The Secretary will engage with regional partners to promote a safe, ...
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Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Bogota: Carrera 30 & Calle 26 Carrera 30 & Calle 43 Calle 19 & Carrera 28 Calle 19 & Carrera 13 Avenida 1 & Carrera 24 Carrera 30 & Calles 13, 19, 53, and 92 Calle 76 & Avenida Caracas, headed towards Calle 116 Locations subject to change Event: Demonstrations are currently ongoing.  Motorcycle ...
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Voting in 2018 U.S. Elections

  Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate seats have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters?  All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ...
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Operations during a lapse in appropriations

The Embassy of the United States in Colombia will continue to provide essential services to American citizens and to non-immigrant and immigrant visa applicants during the lapse in appropriations of the United States government. Other Embassy regular functions will be affected. Changes to the Embassy’s services will be announced on the Embassy website, Facebook and ...
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Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Bogota

Location: Colombia, countrywide Event: A ceasefire between the Colombian government and the National Liberation Army (ELN) terrorist group ended on January 10, 2018.  The ELN subsequently resumed attacks against government and economic targets in Colombia.  The U.S. Embassy has no information concerning specific threats against U.S. citizens in Colombia.  Actions to Take: Maintain a high ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ...
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U.S. efforts towards “Antioquia libre de coca”

After half a century of war, the people of Colombia have a chance for peace. However, the continuing scourge of narcotrafficking undermines the chance for real progress for Colombians, leaving a trail of blood, dirty money, and broken families in its wake. Colombians deserve to benefit from the security, development, and economic opportunity that peace ...
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American Citizen Services – Message for U.S. Social Security Beneficiaries

As part of the Foreign Enforcement Program, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has recently informed us that there are over 3000 Social Security recipients residing in Colombia who have not returned the required “Proof of Life” report to the U.S. Social Security Administration.  If you have not yet returned your proof of life form, please do so immediately.   Please note ...
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Notice regarding Social Security services

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Colombia who require social security services or have questions about SSA benefits must contact the SSA Federal ...
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U.S. Federal Benefits/Social Security Appointments

U.S. Federal Benefits/Social Security Appointments The U.S. Embassy in Bogota is pleased to announce that representatives from the U.S. Social Security Administration will visit Medellin and Bogota to offer individual appointments for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about Social Security and other federal benefits. They will also receive Foreign Enforcement Questionnaires (FEQ). To request an ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Visit of Pope Francis to Colombia

Pope Francis will visit Colombia from September 6-10, 2017, including stops in Bogotá, Villavicencio, Medellín, and Cartagena.  The Bogotá public mass on September 7 at Parque de Simón Bolívar is expected to draw more than 500,000 people.  U.S. citizens should expect extensive road closures, restrictions on vehicle traffic, limited public transportation, a heavy police presence, ...
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Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals involved in organizing or otherwise supporting the creation of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (Asamblea Constituyente or AC) and participating in anti-democratic actions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  The AC, which seeks to rewrite the Venezuelan constitution and dissolve Venezuelan ...
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Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy in Venezuela.  These sanctions come a day after the Maduro ...
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Treasury Sanctions 13 Current and Former Senior Officials of the Government of Venezuela

Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated 13 current or former senior officials of the Venezuelan Government pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy there.  The sanctions come ahead of the planned July ...
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U.S. Supreme Court Decision On The President’s Executive Order “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States”

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON With the objective of maximizing national security, the Department of State will implement Executive Order 13780,  “Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” in an orderly fashion, consistent with the Supreme Court’s unanimous order, and in ...
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Bomb at Andino Mall

We express our sincere condolences to relatives and friends of those affected by the explosion in Andino Shopping Center. The United States stands by to provide any support requested by the Colombian authorities. Please see message U.S. citizens here . The Embassy recommends that American citizens follow Colombian National Police and local media reports for updates ...
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Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump is changing the policy of the United States toward Cuba to achieve four objectives:  1.      Enhance compliance with United States law—in particular the provisions that govern the embargo of Cuba and the ban on tourism;  2.      Hold the Cuban regime accountable for oppression ...
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Remarks by Vice President Mike Pence at the Northern Triangle Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Vice President – Miami, Florida   THE VICE PRESIDENT:  Thank you, Mr. Secretary.  And thank you all, I’m truly honored to be with you at this important gathering. But before I begin, allow me to address the attack that took place yesterday in our Nation’s Capital. President Trump ...
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Statement on the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America and the 47th General Assembly of the Organization of American States

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary President Donald J. Trump commends Mexico for its leadership in co-convening the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America with the United States in Miami, Florida from June 15 to 16. The leaders of the Northern Triangle countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador-along with ...
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President Donald J. Trump Proclaims Memorial Day, May 29, 2017, as a Day of Prayer for Permanent Peace

PRAYER FOR PEACE, MEMORIAL DAY, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Memorial Day is our Nation’s solemn reminder that freedom is never free.  It is a moment of collective reflection on the noble sacrifices of those who gave the last measure of ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Meeting with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

President Donald J. Trump met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia to discuss ways to deepen the close friendship and longstanding partnership between the United States and Colombia.  President Trump underscored the United States Government’s support for the successful implementation of Colombia’s historic peace accord and highlighted the need for Colombia to make quick ...
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Treasury Sanctions Eight Members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice

U.S. Department of the Treasury – Office of Public Affairs Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order 13692.  The designated officials, members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (Tribunal Supremo de Justicia or TSJ), are responsible for a ...
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OAS LGBTI Core Group Statement: International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT)

Today, on May 17, the members of the OAS LGBTI Core Group (Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, United States and Uruguay) are proud to join other governments and civil society organizations from around the world to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT). This year, the IDAHOT is an opportunity to ...
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Statement from Ambassador Nikki Haley on the Situation in Venezuela

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS – Office of Press and Public Diplomacy We are deeply concerned about the Maduro government’s violent crackdown on protestors in Venezuela. President Maduro’s disregard for the fundamental rights of his own people has heightened the political and economic crisis in the country. The Maduro regime must respect Venezuela’s ...
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Non-Violence and Accountability During Protests in Venezuela

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON. Venezuela has been witness in recent weeks to ongoing social protests, ever since the Supreme Court demonstrated its lack of independence from the Executive Branch through a continuing series of court decisions against the members of the freely-elected National ...
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U.S. and Colombian Taxes

April 18, 2017 is tax day in the United States.  The U.S. Embassy reminds U.S. citizens in Colombia of their obligation to comply with both U.S. and Colombian tax regulations.  U.S. taxpayers living abroad are allowed an automatic two-month extension to file their returns, but must attach a statement explaining why they are qualified for ...
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Venezuela: Maduro Government Must Stop Silencing Opposition Voices

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – STATEMENT BY MARK TONER, ACTING SPOKESPERSON The United States views with grave concern the Venezuelan government’s actions to bar Miranda State Governor Henrique Capriles—a prominent, democratically-elected member of Venezuela’s political opposition and former presidential candidate—from participating in the country’s public life for 15 years. We ...
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Presidential proclamation on Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2017

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary   Pan American Day and Pan American Week, 2017 – – – – – – – By the President of the United States of America A Proclamation   Pan American Day and Pan American Week commemorate the 127th anniversary of the conclusion of the First International Conference ...
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Statement by President Donald Trump on Syria

THE WHITE HOUSE – Office of the Press Secretary – Mar-a-Lago, Florida   THE PRESIDENT:  My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal ...
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Chemical Weapons Attack in Syria

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY REX TILLERSON. The United States strongly condemns the chemical weapons attack in Idlib province, the third allegation of the use of such weapons in the past month alone.  There are reports of dozens dead, including many children.  While we continue to monitor the terrible situation, it is clear that this is how ...
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Yellow Fever Vaccination

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens in Colombia to carry evidence of yellow fever vaccination.  Although there has not been a single case of yellow fever diagnosed in Colombia this year, neighboring Brazil continues to experience a large outbreak.  The Colombian Ministry of Health and Social Protection has initiated a campaign to ensure all residents ...
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U.S. Embassy expresses condolences, pledges support on Mocoa landslide

The U.S. Embassy stands with Colombia following the terrible disaster and loss of life in Mocoa. We are supporting the efforts of CNP aviacion helicopters which are providing essential services in the rescue response effort. The U.S. government stands ready to continue to support Colombia at this difficult moment and is looking for additional ways ...
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Landslides in Southwest Colombia

The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that the government of Colombia has declared a state of emergency in the department of Putumayo following landslides in Mocoa that killed over 150 people and injured hundreds more.  Heavy rainfall and the resulting flooding and landslides also knocked out power and water services.  U.S. government employees in Colombia ...
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Venezuelan Supreme Court Decision Greatly Undermines Democratic Institutions 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson – Statemeny by Mark Toner, Acting Spokesperson. The United States condemns the Venezuelan Supreme Court’s March 29 decision to usurp the powers of the democratically elected National Assembly.  This rupture of democratic and constitutional norms greatly damages Venezuela’s democratic institutions and denies the Venezuelan people the ...
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Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas A. Shannon at the 2017 Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award Ceremony

MODERATOR:  Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the First Lady of the United States, Melania Trump; Acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon; and the 2017 International Women of Courage Award recipients.  (Applause.) UNDER SECRETARY SHANNON:  Good morning.  It’s my great pleasure to welcome you to the State Department and the 2017 International Women of Courage ...
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Speeches: Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council on the Situation in Venezuela

Remarks – Michael J. Fitzpatrick – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs – Washington, DC Thank you, Mr. Chair. Mr. Secretary General, Distinguido Vice-Canciller de Venezuela, Representantes Permanentes, Damas y caballeros: muy buenas tardes a todos y a todas. This meeting is happening today because of the constructive spirit of a majority of member ...
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Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson on the attack in London

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE – Office of the Spokesperson. On behalf of the United States, I express my condolences to the victims and their families.  The American people send their thoughts and prayers to the people of the United Kingdom.  We condemn these horrific acts of violence, and whether they were carried out by troubled ...
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Presidential Proclamation on Women’s History Month

President Donald J. Trump Proclaims March 2017 as Women’s History Month WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION We are proud of our Nation’s achievements in promoting women’s full participation in all aspects of American life and are resolute in ...
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Fact Sheet: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States

Department of Homeland Security:  The Executive Order signed on March 6, 2017, allows for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals. The United States has the world’s most generous immigration system, yet it has been repeatedly exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to ...
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Remarks on the President’s Executive Order Signed Today

Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC SECRETARY TILLERSON: Hello. Good morning and thank you for joining us. The executive order signed by the President earlier today, Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, is a vital measure for strengthening our national security. It is the President’s solemn duty to protect ...
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Statement by Secretary Rex Tillerson on President Trump’s speech to Joint Session of Congress

As the President laid out in his address to Congress, the State Department will continue to engage to advance U.S. interests in the world in cooperation with our partners and allies. We will also continue to support policies and institutions that keep Americans safe, including a robust NATO where Allies meet their responsibilities, an immigration ...
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President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   President Donald J. Trump Names General H.R. McMaster as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs President Donald J. Trump on Monday announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Herbert Raymond “H.R.” McMaster to serve as Assistant to the President for National Security ...
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Venezuela: Political Prisoners Should be Released Immediately

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC   President Trump called on Venezuela on February 15 to release opposition leader and political prisoner Leopoldo Lopez. Lopez was sentenced last year to nearly 14 years in prison on the specious charges of inciting anti-government protests in 2014. The Venezuelan Supreme Court denied his ...
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President Trump’s Inaugural Address

THE PRESIDENT: Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined in a great national effort to rebuild our country and restore its promise for all of our people. Together, we will determine the course of ...
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Police Attacked in Northern Bogota

On Wednesday, December 28, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, unidentified assailants on a motorcycle attacked Colombian National Police (CNP) officers in the vicinity of Carrera 7 and Calle 200 in Bogota with firearms and explosives, killing one CNP officer and injuring four others. The perpetrators have not been apprehended. In response, CNP has closed Carrera ...
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Recent Explosions in Bogota

The U.S Embassy informs U.S. citizens of explosions in Bogota on August 31 and August 23.  On August 31, the police conducted controlled detonations of suspicious packages in BanColombia offices in the areas of Parkway (Calle 36 and Carrera 20) and La Granja (Calle 80 and Carrera 76).  On August 23, there were three explosions ...
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Trucker’s Strike Has Potential For Violence and Transportation Disruptions

The U.S Embassy informs U.S. citizens that a trucker’s union strike that began in June has the potential to continue.  There have been violence as well as transportation and shipping disruptions associated with this strike.  The trucker’s union announced that they intend to block all of Bogota’s vehicular entry and exit points.  While that has ...
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Revised travel notice for Colombia regarding the Zika virus

The U.S. Embassy in Bogota informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a revised travel notice for Colombia  regarding the Zika virus . Travel to elevations higher than 2,000 m (6,500 ft) above sea level is considered to have minimal likelihood for mosquito-borne Zika virus transmission, even within countries reporting active transmission. CDC ...
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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry on Colombia’s Peace Process.

Today’s announcement regarding the “end of conflict” in Colombia is welcome news to the people of that country and to all who desire peace.  I congratulate President Santos and his negotiating partners for this milestone in their ongoing effort to conclude a conflict with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) that has plagued their ...
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FACT SHEET: Preparing for and Responding to the Zika Virus at Home and Abroad

Since late last year, the Administration has been aggressively working to combat Zika, a virus primarily spread by mosquitoes that has recently been linked to birth defects and other concerning health outcomes. The Federal Government has been monitoring the Zika virus and working with our domestic and international public health partners to alert healthcare providers ...
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Representative Engel Statement On Breakthrough In Colombia Peace Talks

WASHINGTON, DC: Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today made the following statement on the progress of peace talks in Colombia: I welcome yesterday’s announcement by President Santos of major breakthroughs in peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).  When ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Colombia’s Peace Process (September 23)

September 23, 2015 Colombia Peace Process I am very pleased to see that the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) have reached major breakthroughs on the outstanding issues in the peace process negotiations:  transitional justice, disarmament, and a timetable for signing a final agreement. The announcements made today at the peace ...
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U.S. Citizens Need To Replace Indefinite Cedulas de Extranjeria with new Cedula by July 23, 2015.

The U.S. Embassy Bogota would like to inform all U.S. citizens residing in Colombia on an indefinite residence permit, the so-called “cedula de extranjeria (C.E.),” that they need to apply at Colombian Immigration (Migracion Colombia) for a new residence permit prior to July 24, 2015.  Migracion Colombia will issue a new cedula valid for five ...
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U.S. Embassy implementing new On-Time procedure to reduce wait time for visa applicants

Bogotá, May 27, 2015 In an effort to help reduce everyone’s time waiting in line, beginning June 1, 2015 visa applicants should arrive to the U.S. Embassy at the time of their appointment and no earlier.  Applicants will only be permitted to enter the Embassy compound at the time of their appointment.  Previously the Embassy ...
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Treasury Sanctions Guarín Loaiza Drug Trafficking Organization

Washington, May 22, 2015   Targets Members of a Colombian Maritime Drug Trafficking Organization The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated José Berley Guarín Loaiza as a Specially Designated Narcotics Trafficker pursuant to the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act (Kingpin Act) for his significant role in international narcotics ...
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United States and Colombia Sign FATCA Intergovernmental Agreement

On May 20, 2015, Ambassador Kevin Whitaker and Colombian Finance Minister Mauricio Cardenas signed a Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) intergovernmental agreement, aimed at combating offshore tax evasion and promoting transparency through the exchange of tax information. FATCA is rapidly becoming the global model for combating offshore tax evasion and promoting transparency.  Enacted in ...
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FACT SHEET: The United States’ Investment in Emerging Global Entrepreneurs

Today, as global entrepreneurs gathered for an event at the White House, President Obama announced several steps to increase support for emerging entrepreneurs here in the United States and around the world.  First, the President made investing in women and youth entrepreneurs the top priority for his Administration’s global entrepreneurship programs.  Second, ahead of his ...
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U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue, High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue, and Action Plan for Racial and Ethnic Equality – April 27-28

Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken will lead the U.S. delegation to the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Partnership Dialogue and the Steering Committee for the U.S.-Colombia Action Plan on Racial and Ethnic Equality, and join the High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue led by Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines, during his April 27-28 travel to Bogota, Colombia. This ...
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Broward man pleads guilty for traveling to Colombia to have sex with minors

A Broward man pleaded guilty to several child exploitation charges resulting from his travels to Colombia to engage in illicit sexual activity with two minors. The arrest followed an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Miami and HSI’s attaché office in Colombia; U.S. Customs and Border Protection; the Department ...
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U.S. Embassy Bogota’s Carrera Verde Achieves Gold-Level Environmental Certification

On Earth Day 2015, the U.S. Embassy Bogota is proud to announce that Colombia’s first Carrera Verde has achieved Gold-Level Certification from the Council for Responsible Sport , based in Eugene, Oregon, USA.  Carrera Verde—a 10-kilometer race held in Bogota on February 22, 2015—was co-hosted by the U.S. Embassy and Fundación Natura, a Colombia-based non-governmental environmental organization.  The race ...
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Statement from Ambassador Kevin Whitaker

The U.S. Government holds all of its employees to the highest standards of conduct at home and abroad.  These standards of course apply to the members of the U.S. Mission in Colombia.  If an individual fails to adhere to this standard, the Mission conducts an investigation of the case, in cooperation with Colombian authorities when appropriate.  ...
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March 10, 2015

Colombia has experienced a 6.2 magnitude earthquake with the epicenter in Aratoca in Santander Department.  Per latest media reports there are no major injuries or damage to buildings.  The airport in Bogota is operating normally. Cell phones networks and landlines, as typical in such an event, are not working fully, but the U.S. Embassy Bogota ...
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February 17, 2015

UPDATE  The Embassy of the United States of America in Colombia and the San Jose Regional Federal Benefits Office invites the community interested in the subject of Federal Benefits to an informative presentation on processes related to benefits in Colombia from the US Social Security, Veteran Affairs and Civil Service (OPM).  These events are free ...
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January 14, 2015

The Embassy of the United States of America, through its American Citizen Services’ office, invites the community interested in the subject of Federal Benefits (retirement benefits) to an informative chat on processes related to benefits in Colombia from the US Social Security, Veteran Affairs and Civil Service (OPM). (Remember: there will be no information about ...
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Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary Fact Sheet: Charting a New Course on Cuba  Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by90 miles of water, but brought together through the ...
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HSI, Colombian Authorities Rescue 55 Sex Trafficking Victims, All Minors

An international undercover law enforcement operation culminated Saturday with the arrests of 12 individuals involved in sex trafficking and the rescue of 55 sex trafficking victims, all minors. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Attaché Office in Colombia and the Colombian Attorney General’s Technical Investigative Corps Transnational Criminal Investigative Unit (CTI ...
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Letter from the President — Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act

Dear Mr. Chairman: (Madam Chairman:) (Dear Representative:) (Dear Senator:) (Dear Mr. Vice Chairman:) This report to the Congress, under section 804(a) of the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act, 21 U.S.C. 1903(b)(1) (the “Kingpin Act”), transmits my designations of the following three foreign individuals as appropriate for sanctions under the Kingpin Act and reports my direction of ...
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Nine Universities Win 100,000 Strong in the Americas Grants to Expand Study Abroad

Studying abroad just got easier. The Department of State announced on May 25 the nine universities selected to receive the latest round of 100,000 Strong in the Americas innovation grants. Since January, twenty three grants have been awarded to universities across the hemisphere. This round of grants, sponsored by Santander Universities, incentivizes universities to provide ...
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General strike in Colombia may affect many services

Multiple media outlets are reporting that a nation-wide general strike planned by public and private sector workers on March 17 may cause significant traffic delays and disruptions and also negatively effect services such as hospitals and public transportation throughout Colombia.  The U.S. Embassy recommends U.S. citizens and their family members prepare for these disruptions. The U.S. ...
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