Prince Charles makes historic visit to Colombia

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife will tour Bogota, Cartagena and Colombia’s conflict zone.

Prince Charles makes historic visit to Colombia

World Bulletin/News Desk

Britain’s Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, arrived Tuesday evening in Colombia in their first official visit to the country.

Following a Wednesday reception at the Presidential Palace, the Casa de Nariño, with President Juan Manuel Santos and first lady María Clemencia Rodríguez, the heir to the British throne will engage in discussions about bilateral agreements between the two countries, the ongoing peace dialogues with Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC rebels) and the protection of the environment. 

Britian’s Ambassador to Colombia Lindsay Croisdale-Appleby, who organized the royal couple’s visit said Tuesday, “I have had a lot of contact obviously with the Santos government and contact more broadly with Colombians and there's a very palpable degree of excitement about the visit. There's a great enthusiasm to get to know Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall.”

The Prince will remain in Bogota until Thursday when he will travel to the Cano Cristales River. The river is unique due to the red algae found beneath the surface giving the impression that the river runs red in color, and it is located in an area of the country that just a few years ago was off-limits due to FARC guerrilla control of the region. Also on the couple’s agenda is a visit to the city of Cartagena. The Prince previously visited Colombia in 1974 as Admiral of the British Fleet that visited Cartagena. 

“The programme will highlight and promote the partnership that already exists between Britain and both Colombia and Mexico in areas including sustainability and combating climate change, expanding trade and investment, creating opportunities for young people, responsible business, historical and cultural links and supporting victims of domestic and sexual violence,” said deputy private secretary to the Prince, Simon Martin in an interview Tuesday with the British newspaper the Daily Mail.

The couple will fly on to Mexico where Charles has previously visited.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 29 Ekim 2014, 23:05

Muhammed Öylek