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Partnership extends from Columbia to Colombia

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  • By Lt. Col. Jim St.Clair
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and Colombian Vice Minister of Defense Jorge Enrique Bedoya recently signed a partnership proclamation formally establishing a bilateral relationship between South Carolina and the Republic of Colombia in the National Guard's State Partnership Program.

The signing and announcement were made during a ceremony at the South Carolina statehouse. Distinguished visitors from Colombia, the Colombian Embassy in Washington D.C., the United States Embassy in Bogotá, U.S. Southern Command, the National Guard Bureau and the South Carolina National Guard were on hand to witness this historic occasion.

The National Guard's SPP links U.S. states with partner countries for the purposes of supporting the objectives and goals of the geographic combatant commander and the U.S. Ambassador. The SPP promotes national security objectives, country and regional stability, partner nation capacity and improved understanding and trust throughout the world.

The bilateral relationship between South Carolina and Colombia is the 64th state partnership in the program's history.

"We have a new friend today that the Republic of Colombia has found with the state of South Carolina. We are very excited about this new relationship," Bedoya said.