French President in Colombia to discuss peace accord with head of state

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French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia, the first visit to the country by a world leader since the signing of a peace accord with rebels last month.

The two countries hope relations between the France and Colombia will lead to better investment opportunities.

CGTN’s Michelle Begue reports from Bogota.

French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia

French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia

French President Francois Hollande is in Colombia, the first visit to the country by a world leader since the signing of a peace accord with rebels last month. The two countries hope relations between the France and Colombia will lead to better investment opportunities. CGTN’s Michelle Begue reports from Bogota.
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French President Francois Hollande was greeted with honors at Colombia’s Presidential Palace on Monday.

It’s the first official visit by a French President in 28 years.

Hollande met with his Colombian counterpart to discuss bilateral relations and to sign agreements to bolster trade.

In a news conference after a private meeting, Hollande expressed his continued support for the Colombian government’s peace agreement with the FARC rebel group.

“Colombia is an example for the world because this result shows that dialogue and perseverance and vision can resolve conflicts, and the International community must be on your side,” Hollande said.

While the U.S. has long recognized the importance of Colombia, the incoming Trump Administration has signaled some reservations about the peace deal. The Secretary of State nominee is on record as saying he would review the agreement and an Obama administration promise to deliver $450 million in aid.

President Hollande is scheduled to visit a FARC demobilization camp on Tuesday. The news of this visit was highly criticized by Colombian politicians who continue to oppose the peace agreement.

Critics said the French president was setting a double standard by ignoring the rebel group’s criminal past.

While some still have doubts about the implementation of the peace agreement, international support is key to moving forward. Observers acknowledge ending 50 years of conflict will not come easily, but it’s hoped this visit by the French president will help pave the way.