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President of Colombia Speaks at UVA

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Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, president of Colombia

Colombia's president spoke to a packed room of University of Virginia students and faculty Wednesday evening.

Juan Manuel Santos talked about Colombia's improved security and economy since he took office. For the past year, Santos has also been in peace talks with Colombia's biggest rebel group to stop the drug trade. He said that continued conflict is harmful.

“I say that the conflict is like a dead mule in the road, which is an obstacle for Colombian progress. When you take out that dead mule we can take off much faster,” Santos said.

Santos also had the chance to meet with President Obama Tuesday and said they agreed on virtually everything. He plans to run for re-election next year.

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