Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart

Representing the 25th District of FLORIDA

Congressmen Diaz-Balart and Curbelo Host Meeting with Colombian Ambassador Pinzón and South Florida Colombian-American Community Leaders

Mar 10, 2016
Press Release

MIAMI – Congressmen Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) met with Colombian Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón and members of the Colombian-American community in South Florida to discuss the Colombian peace process. Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) was represented by her Chief of Staff and Subcommittee Staff Director.

Rep. Diaz-Balart: “I am grateful that Ambassador Pinzón was able to travel from Washington, D.C. for this meeting. Colombia is one of our largest trading partners, and that is vital to South Florida’s economy.  The relationship between the United States and Colombia is one of the most important ones in our hemisphere, and we must continue to strengthen and expand those ties.  However, I have expressed my deep concerns regarding this agreement between President Santos and the FARC, the same concerns that are shared by many in the Colombian-American community. Our meeting with Ambassador Pinzon was very informative; we were able to gain additional details and his personal insight about the ongoing negotiations with the FARC. I also appreciate that he spoke at length and answered questions from leaders of the Colombian-American community. I thank Ambassador Pinzón for taking the time to meet with us, and for allowing me to be frank and candid in these conversations.”

Rep. Curbelo: “Our meeting with Ambassador Juan Carlos Pinzón and leaders of South Florida's Colombian-American community this afternoon was very productive, and we are grateful to him for his time and his candor regarding the peace process in Colombia. All of us want peace and prosperity for Colombia, but we have concerns with the ongoing negotiations and their ramifications for US national security interests. We look forward to continuing this dialogue with our constituents and with the Colombian government.”

This meeting was a follow-up to a February Meeting where, along with other Congressional colleagues, Representatives Diaz-Balart, Curbelo, and Ros-Lehtinen met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos in Washington, D.C.