Colombian Vice Defense Ministers Review New Lines Of Cooperation With United States
By Dialogo April 06, 2011Vice Defense Ministers Yaneth Giha and Rafael Guarín travelled to Washington, D.C., where they are attending the Eighth Meeting of the U.S.-Colombia Defense Bilateral Working Group, to review security and defense policies between the two countries and define new lines of international cooperation.
Giha and Guarín are meeting at the Pentagon with high-ranking U.S. administration officials, including Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Western Hemisphere Affairs Frank O. Mora, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Counternarcotics and Global Threats William Wechsler, and the director of strategy, policy, and plans for the Southern Command, Brig. Gen. Steven M. Shepro.
The close ties between the two countries in defense matters have led to a chill in relations with nations such as Venezuela, due to the fact that President Hugo Chávez considers Colombia’s military cooperation agreement with the United States to be a threat to regional security.