Outgoing Colombian President Ivan Duque will visit US President Joe Biden in Washington DC next week, a city where Duque has spent a significant part of his professional life, working for multilateral institutions before entering electoral politics in Colombia.
Duque will be replaced in August by a Colombian president to be elected in the first round of voting to take place in May. Most likely, a second round of voting will be required to select among the top two candidates in early July.
Whitehouse Press Secretary Jen Psaki issued the following statement on the upcoming visit:
President Biden looks forward to welcoming President Iván Duque Márquez of the Republic of Colombia to the White House on March 10, 2022. The visit provides an opportunity for the Presidents to celebrate 200 years of positive diplomatic relations and consult on a range of regional and global issues of mutual interest, including Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified military invasion of Ukraine, and the promotion of democracy, security, and prosperity in the hemisphere. During the meeting, the leaders plan to reaffirm the bilateral relationship and discuss COVID-19 response and future pandemic preparedness, economic recovery, and regional responses to migration. The President looks forward to this important meeting to deepen the strategic partnership between the United States and Colombia.