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U.S. Department of Defense

May 24, 2021

Readout of Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's Call With Colombian Minister of National Defense Diego Molano

Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby provided the following readout:

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III spoke by phone this morning with Colombian Minister of National Defense Diego Molano and reaffirmed the importance of the defense relationship between our two countries.

The leaders discussed their shared interest in deepening cooperation on strategic issues including COVID-19 response, climate change, counterterrorism and counternarcotics, intelligence-sharing, and ensuring respect for human rights in Colombia and throughout the hemisphere.

Secretary Austin congratulated Colombia on its advances as a NATO Global Partner, and expressed his appreciation for Colombia’s contributions to international and regional security.


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