Netanyahu meets with President Santos in Colombia

PM continues to address Iran and global terrorism with Latin American leaders; Netanyahu meets with President Santos and with foreign, defense and agriculture ministers; PM: Arab states no longer see Israel as an enemy but as an essential ally against these forces who seek to bring humanity back from a brilliant future to a barbaric one. (Photo: PM Facebook page), September 13, 2017.

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Netanyahu just finished his second part of his Latin America tour in Colombia where he held meetings with heads of state in Bogotá.

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, where they “discussed expanding the cooperation in fields of agricultural and water technologies, innovation, cyber-defense, and other fields.” Memorandums of understanding in aviation, communications and space were signed.

Following their meeting, both addressed the press, President Santos highlighting Israel’s growing relations with Colombia, stating, “Your country has been a friend and ally of Colombia…We would like to strengthen this magnificent relationship.”

Prime Minister Netanyahu highlighted Israel’s growing relations globally and its desire to cooperate and improve relations with Colombia. He spoke of Israel’s strong desire to partner with Colombia, stating “The future belongs to those who innovate. Israel is an innovation nation. Colombia has outstanding capabilities and people. We’d like to merge them together, so we have decided today on rekindling and refinancing an innovation fund, Colombia Israel Innovation Fund. Maybe you will teach finally how to make a good cup of coffee, but many, many other things I’m sure.”

He spoke of the rapid improvement of relations with Arab states of late, stating that “Israel has created new relations between Israel and the Arab states, which no longer see Israel as an enemy but as an essential ally against these forces who seek to bring humanity back from a brilliant future to a barbaric one.”

Consistent with all meetings held with heads of state over the past four months, the Prime Minister addressed Iran and Islamic global terrorism, referring to Iran’s “sending its terrorist wings in all directions, including to Latin America,” and adding that “We believe that all countries should unite, just as Israel cooperates with the Arab states in order to prevent the spread of Iranian aggression and terrorism to other continents.”

Following, both leaders held meetings with Colombia’s foreign minister and defense and agriculture ministers.

Netanyahu arrived in Mexico for the final part of his Latin America tour Thursday before heading to the United States where he will meet with President Trump and address the United Nations General Assembly.