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Obama to meet with Colombia's president at White House

Obama to meet with Colombia's president at White House as peace talks with FARC near deadline

Obama to meet with Colombia's president at White House

HONOLULU (AP) -- The White House says President Barack Obama will meet with the president of Colombia in February to show support for a potential peace agreement in that country.

The meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Feb. 4 would come about seven weeks before a deadline in peace talks between Colombia's government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

The White House says the meeting will give the two leaders a chance to discuss the state of negotiations at a defining moment. A deal would end more than five decades of violence.

The U.S. has provided more than $10 billion to support Colombia since 2000. The government's success on the battlefield compelled FARC to agree to peace talks in 2012.

Obama is vacationing in Hawaii for the holidays.


Updated : 2021-04-13 23:05 GMT+08:00