Prime Minister Harper started discussions by expressing how pleased he was to be back in Colombia and to be paying his first visit to Cartagena. He conveyed strong support for President Santos' efforts to host a productive and successful Summit of the Americas.
Both leaders reiterated the excellent and expanding bilateral relations between Canada and Colombia, as exemplified by the entry into force of the Canada-Colombia Free Trade Agreement on August 15, 2011.
The leaders expressed satisfaction at the growing commercial and investment ties, and welcomed the increased cooperation in defence and security matters between the two countries.
Before sitting down for their bilateral, the two leaders witnessed the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding on trilateral cooperation on Counter-narcotics Interdiction. Canada and Colombia will work together on joint security capacity-building activities in Guatemala and Honduras. This MOU follows directly from the Prime Minister's visit to Colombia last summer.