Ottawa, Ontario - January 26, 2019

Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke with the President of Colombia, Iván Duque Márquez.

The Prime Minister and the President discussed the ongoing crisis in Venezuela and their mutual support and recognition of Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, as the interim President of Venezuela. They agreed that Canadian and Colombian officials would continue to work together and build international support to promote democracy, the rule of law, and human rights in Venezuela, including through the Lima Group.

The leaders also discussed the arbitrary detention of two Canadians in China and the importance of safeguarding international norms, including judicial independence, diplomatic immunity and respect for the rule of law.