Trump wel­comes Colom­bia’s pres­i­dent to the White House

Cape Breton Post - - World -

WASH­ING­TON — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump has wel­comed the pres­i­dent of Colom­bia to the White House for their first of­fi­cial meet­ing. Pres­i­dent Juan Manuel San­tos is seek­ing Trump’s sup­port for a peace ac­cord Colom­bia signed last year with the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia, or FARC. The rebel group agreed to turn over 30 per cent of its arse­nal of as­sault ri­fles, ma­chine-guns and ex­plo­sives.

Dur­ing Thurs­day’s meet­ing, Trump will likely seek Colom­bia’s help pres­sur­ing Ni­co­las Maduro, pres­i­dent of neigh­bour­ing Venezuela, which is be­ing roiled by al­most daily protests that have shaken Maduro’s grip on power. The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion has warned it might im­pose more sanc­tions on Venezue­lan of­fi­cials.

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