Published on : Friday, September 15, 2017
On yesterday, September 14th 2017, Binyamin Netanyahu, Israeli Prime Minister and his wife Sara were heartily greeted by Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President at the Presidential palace situated in Bogota.
The welcome ceremony had an honor guard followed by the playing of the national anthems of the two countries.
Netanyahu and Santos had a private meeting after the ceremony. However, later on they were joined by the Colombian Foreign, Defense, and Agriculture ministers. Extending the bilateral cooperation in terms of agricultural and water technologies, innovation, and cyber defense were some of the topics discussed. Netanyahu and Santos decided that a Colombian cyber team will be visiting Israel to acquire advanced training.
Besides, Netanyahu expressed the support of Israel for Colombia’s accession to the OECD.
Israel is a Pacific Alliance observer state. Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Chile are the Pacific Alliance member states which jointly constitute the eighth largest economy in the world. Israel wants to extend the economic cooperation with this huge market.
Two agreements were signed at the time of the meeting. One was between Israel’s Science, Technology, and Space Ministry and its Colombian counterpart endorsing scientific research. In addition, this agreement will also endorse the entrepreneurs associated in the field of innovation.