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“The problems in the Colombia-Venezuela border, drug trafficking, smuggling and criminal gangs, are of both countries and require joint solutions, a determined action by both nations”, President Santos said before traveling to Quito to meet with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro.

Casa de Nariño, Bogotá – September 21, 2015. Photo: Juan Pablo Bello – SIG

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At the Carondelet Palace, in Quito, President Juan Manuel Santos, accompanied by his counterparts of Ecuador, Rafael Correa, and Uruguay, Tabaré Vásquez, greets Ecuadorian students before their meeting with the Venezuelan Head of State, Nicolás Maduro.

Quito, Ecuador – September 21, 2015. Photo: Efrain Herrera - SIG

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Official photo of the opening of the XXI Assembly General of the World Tourism Organization, whose central topic will be tourism as an instrument for peace.

Medellín - September 14, 2015. Photo: César Carrión - SIG

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Tourism as an instrument for peace is the central topic of the XXI Assembly General of the World Tourism Organization, opened this Monday by President Juan Manuel Santos, accompanied here by Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO, and the Minister of Trade, Industry and Tourism, Cecilia Álvarez-Glen.

Medellín - September 14, 2015. Photo: César Carrión - SIG

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The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, received 14 Executive Directors of the Inter-American Development Bank, IDB, at the Casa de Nariño this Monday, and spoke with them about possible funding sources for the post-conflict.

Casa de Nariño, Bogotá - September 7, 2015. Photo: Nelson Cárdenas - SIG

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This Monday at the Casa de Nariño, President Juan Manuel Santos led the Cabinet Council session where measures to reactivate the economy in the Colombia-Venezuela border were evaluated.

Casa de Nariño, Bogotá - September 7, 2015. Photo: Efraín Herrera - SIG

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The Colombian Minister of Foreign Affairs, María Ángela Holguín, met this Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, with the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, to inform him about the humanitarian situation currently faced in the Colombia-Venezuela border.

Geneva - September 7, 2015. Photo: Violaine Martin – Permanent Delegation of Colombia in Geneva

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The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos, and the former Head of Government of Spain, José María Aznar, during their participation in the discussion group, ‘Colombia: perspectives and challenges in globalization’, event where topics on economy and peace were addressed this Monday in Bogotá.

Casa de Nariño, Bogotá - September 7, 2015. Photo: Juan Pablo Bello - SIG

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President Juan Manuel Santos, following the Extraordinary Cabinet Council, said that “we ask the international community to join us in demanding something to which every decent nation must be committed to: defending the human rights of any inhabitant of this planet”.

Cúcuta - September 2, 2015. Photo: Juan Pablo Bello - SIG

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This Wednesday in Cúcuta, the President of the Republic informed that, officially, there are 1,097 deportees, but that the number of Colombians who have left Venezuela out of fear could exceed ten thousand.

Cúcuta - September 2, 2015. Photo: Juan Pablo Bello - SIG

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During his televised speech, President Juan Manuel Santos announced that he will chair a Cabinet Council meeting this Wednesday in Cúcuta, and that he will invite the diplomatic corps and the representatives of international bodies to that council, “for them to have a first-hand look of what is happening”.

Bogotá – September 1, 2015 -Photo: Juan Pablo Bello (SIG)

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The National Government has devoted all its resources to deal in the best possible manner with the humanitarian crisis caused by the deportation of Colombian citizens from Venezuela. Aid has been focused on the children, women and the elderly.

Villa del Rosario, Norte de Santander - August 26, 2015 - Photo: David Oliveros - Ministry of the Interior

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President Juan Manuel Santos stated at the forum on “New Generation Democracy for the Americas” that “an essential freedom is the freedom of speech. Democracy and muzzling free speech simply cannot coexist”. The event featured the attendance of the former presidents of Chile, Ricardo Lagos; Peru, Alejandro Toledo; Costa Rica, Laura Chinchilla; and México, Vicente Fox, among others.

Bogotá - August 26, 2015. Photo: Nelson Cárdenas - SIG

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The President of the Republic, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón, visited on Wednesday the shelters set up in Cúcuta to assist the Colombian citizens deported from Venezuelan territory. He was accompanied by several of his cabinet members.

Cúcuta - August 26, 2015. Photo: Efraín Herrera - SIG

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President Juan Manuel Santos met this Wednesday with deportees and authorities in Cúcuta. “The order to assist and provide all humanitarian aid remains in force”, the President stated through his Twitter account.

Cúcuta - August 26, 2015. Photo: Efraín Herrera - SIG

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“We receive you here with open hearts and arms (…) In Colombia you are at home. You have not returned as foreigners, you are not strangers in your fatherland”, the President of the Republic said this Wednesday to the citizens deported from Venezuela. “The manner in which these Colombians have been expelled from Venezuelan territory is not admissible, under any circumstances”, he pointed out after the meeting of the Government with regional authorities in Norte de Santander.

Cúcuta - August 26, 2015. Photo: Efraín Herrera - SIG

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Military Medal for Courage awarded to National Army heroes

Bogotá – August 7, 2015. Photo: César Carrión - SIG

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