UPDATED 10:25 AM PT — Wed. February 7, 2018
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praises Colombia for their crackdown on coca, and humanitarian aid to Venezuelans.
Tillerson met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Tuesday as part of his South American tour.
The two reportedly had an extensive conversation on recent efforts to stem the coca trade, while Tillerson offered the county’s continued support.
Both leaders also emphasized their focus on returning democracy as well as free and fair elections to Venezuela.
“This is a shared challenge for both of our nations as well – to work together to undermine the transcriminal organizations that create the networks that are devastating for citizens in Colombia and they’re devastating to the American people as well,” stated Tillerson.
The secretary of state went on to say the U.S. is deeply concerned by the food and medical crisis in the country, and thanked Santos for his cooperation.