Obama to host Colombian leader at White House in February

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos (L) and FARC guerrilla chief Timoleon Jimenez, aka Timochenko (R), shake hands as Cuban President Raul Castro (C) presides as the two sides meet during peace negotiations in Havana on September 23, 2015US President Barack Obama will welcome his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos to the White House in February to discuss the hoped-for end to his country’s long civil war. Washington has had close ties with Bogota for many years, sending cash, equipment and agents under its “Plan Colombia” to help its Latin American ally combat drug cartels and leftist militants. Now, Santos’s government is in the final stages of peace negotiations with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) guerrilla movement and hopes to sign a permanent peace deal in March.

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