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Colombia will hold the Vice Presidency of the General Assembly of the United Nations, President Santos announced

The Head of State pointed out that the country has gained recognition in all international spheres, which entails Colombia’s participation in multilateral bodies.

 Villa del Rosario, Norte de Santander, August 2, 2015 (SIG).

The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, informed this Monday that Colombia will hold the Vice Presidency of the General Assembly of the United Nations, whose ordinary sessions will start this coming September.

The Head of State made the announcement during the 'Estamos Cumpliendo' (‘Keeping Our Word’) tour –in the chapter related to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs-, which has held in the municipality of Villa del Rosario in Norte de Santander.

"As of the next General Assembly of the United Nations, we will be the vice presidents of the world, because Colombia will hold the Vice Presidency of the UN General Assembly”, the President said.

In that respect, the Head of State underscored: “Colombia has gained recognition in all international spheres, (…) and that also results, for example, in the participation of Colombia in multilateral entities".

He stated that in the past, dialogues with other countries addressed matters related to drug trafficking and violence.

"That changed. The agenda is diversified today. Today’s agenda revolves around cooperation on education, technological cooperation, about the environment, about education, about how Colombia is achieving such good results in the fight against poverty”, he explained.

In concluding, President Santos highlighted that today –contrary to what happened before- Colombia provides help to several countries, for example on security related matters.

"Previously we were looking at how other countries helped Colombia; now we look at how can Colombia help the Central American countries in their fight against drug trafficking”, the President of the Republic concluded.