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From: Miriam Burgues >
Date: September 21, 2016 at 2:37:35 PM EDT
To: "Gabriel, Brian" >
Subject: Potus foreign pool report - meeting with Colombian president
Potus is meeting with Colombian president, Juan Manuel Santos, in a room in Lotte New York Palace hotel before departing New York.
They both offered brief statements to the press at the beginning of the meeting.
Potus spoke first and noted that this is their first bilateral meeting since the "historic" peace agreement achieved between Colombian government and FARC rebels, which is going to end "the longest war in Latin America".
The agreement give Colombia an opportunity to "open a new chapter"
"I could not be more supportive of these efforts", Potus said.
He recognized the "challenges" of the implementation and remembered that the people of Colombia is going to have "voice" by voting about the agreement in a referendum in October.
"It's a great achievement, we are very proud of you".
Secretary Kerry is going to attend to a signature ceremony of the agreement, taking place next Monday in Cartagena (Colombia).
President Santos spoke in English and explained that, when he started thinking in a peace process a few years ago, he called Potus to tell him about it.
Since then Potus "has been a great support", Santos said and noted that US named a special envoy for the peace process. Santos emphasized too that Secretary Kerry "has been pushing" in favor of the process.
Santos gave Potus a copy of the peace agreement that contains "every detail".
"You deserve a lot of credit", he said to Potus.
"This agreement will change not only Colombia, the whole region", he finished.
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