Marco Rubio finishes first day of official visit to Columbia

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As much of America recovers from this week’s midterm elections, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio goes abroad, paying an official two-day visit to Colombia.

The Florida Senator’s first day was Wednesday in Bogota, where he met with Colombian Vice President Germán Vargas Lleras, Minister of Finance Mauricio Cardenas, former Colombian President Álvaro Uribe.

He also spoke with members of the non-profit Renacer Foundation, which targets human trafficking.

As a member of the Senate Foreign Relations and Intelligence committees, Rubio will continue his visit with Colombian officials, business and civic leaders today. On the agenda are issues such as ongoing peace talks and counter-narcotic programs as well as expanding such efforts to other parts of the region.

Florida is home to more Colombian immigrants to the United States than any other state. In addition to the close ties between U.S. citizens and Colombians, Colombia is Florida’s second largest foreign export market. In recent years, almost 40% of U.S. exports to Colombia have moved through Florida.

Rubio also has a personal connection to the country, as his wife’s parents are from Colombia.

Colombia and the U.S. have been working build upon their 2-year-old free-trade agreement.

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