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Colombia to open new embassies in Asia by August

05-30-2011 14:32 BJT

BOGOTA, May 29 (Xinhua) -- Colombia will open new embassies in Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Indonesia by August, as part of its efforts to enhance political and trade ties with Asia, the country's foreign minister said Sunday.

Meanwhile, Colombian ambassador to Japan Patricia Cardenas was assigned to "make all the necessary advances with the Asian countries where we do not have embassies," Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin was quoted by local daily "El Espectador" as saying.

In addition, in coming weeks Bogota is also "going to inaugurate trade offices, together with Chile, in Istanbul and Singapore," she said.

Holguin said Colombia is working on its bid to join the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, a procedure began in 2008.

Free trade agreement talks with Asian nations are also underway, said the minister.

"We are beginning with Turkey, next week arrives a delegation to begin the negotiations. With Japan, for sure we are going to begin another (negotiation)," she added.


Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: Xinhua

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