The Colombian Foreign Minister, Alvaro Leyva, announced this Friday after a visit by the Secretary of National Security of the United States, Alejandro Mayorkas, to Bogota that a Latin American conference on migration will be held in the first quarter of 2023.
“Minister Alvaro Leyva receives the US Secretary of National Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, to discuss migration from a regional and multidimensional approach, with an emphasis on respect for Human Rights and under the principle of solidarity,” the Foreign Ministry said. Colombian on Twitter.
Leyva and Mayorkas have emphasized their talks in the Darien Gap region, a jungle area that separates Colombia from Panama, where thousands of migrants, many of them minors, cross on their way to the United States.
The US Secretary of Homeland Security was also received by the Colombian President, Gustavo Petro, with whom he discussed “bilateral initiatives aimed at facilitating legal pathways for Colombian migrants in the United States.”
“The United States is a strategic partner of Colombia in its migration agenda and shares our approach to address irregular migration on the continent. Both countries will continue to work with partners in the region,” the Colombian Foreign Ministry explained in a statement.