Colombian President, Iván Duque, informed on Wednesday that he ad appointed Marta Lucía Ramírez, who is his vice-president, as Colombia’s new foreign minister. He made the announcement in a video published on Twitter.
The president said that he made the decision because he considered Ramírez as a woman with a great trajectory in politics and in the private sector, who has also served as Minister of Commerce and Defense.
“I have asked the new foreign minister to also take on the challenge of moving forward the country’s migration policy, strengthening ties in security and defense, and opening new borders for our country that are also being articulated with other portfolios,” said Duque.
New Colombian Foreign Minister
Likewise, he said that he asked him to advance the Foreign Ministry’s efforts, among which are, in the first place, to strengthen bilateral relations and represent Colombia in multilateral spaces.
“I believe that with the arrival of the Vice President to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Colombia has one of its most representative women in political leadership”, said the Colombian President.
The appointment comes in the midst of the protests in Colombia. For this reason, the president said it is important to demonstrate that Colombia is a democratic country. “We want to reaffirm, not only the democratic spirit in our country, but also the conviction of being a country always respectful of human rights and always committed to the unrestricted defense of the democratic values that have characterized our nation.”