Minister of State Kent Congratulates the People of Colombia on Occasion of Their Independence Day

No. 201 - July 20, 2009 (11:50 a.m. EDT) The Honourable Peter Kent, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas), today congratulated the people of Colombia as they celebrate their country’s Independence Day.

“Canada salutes the people of Colombia as they mark the 199th anniversary of their country’s independence,” said Minister of State Kent. “Our two countries share a strong friendship based on an open and frank dialogue that encompasses the three themes of Canada’s engagement in the Americas: prosperity, security and democratic governance.

“Our relationship has been further strengthened by the recent signing of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement, along with agreements on labour cooperation and the environment, which will be of benefit to the people and economies of both countries.”

Canada and Colombia established diplomatic relations in 1953, and representatives from the two countries meet regularly to discuss issues of common interest.

“In March, I had the opportunity to experience Colombia’s warm hospitality and beautiful scenery,” said Minister of State Kent. I witnessed first-hand the efforts of Colombia’s government and its people to achieve greater prosperity, peace and security. Canada supports these efforts, and we look forward to building on our strong relationship.”

For more information about Canada’s relations with Colombia, please visit the following web pages:

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada

Canadian International Development Agency

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