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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement by NSC Spokesman Tommy Vietor on Deputy National Security Advisor McDonough’s Travel to Colombia and Honduras

Deputy National Security Advisor Denis R. McDonough will travel to Bogota, Colombia November 26-27 and to Honduras November 27-28.  In Colombia, Mr. McDonough will co-chair a meeting of the U.S.-Colombia High-Level Strategic Security Dialogue with Colombian Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzon and Colombian Foreign Minister María Angela Holguín.  He will be accompanied by senior Administration officials, including Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks, Assistant Secretary of State William R. Brownfield, and representatives from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Department of Justice.  While in Colombia, Mr. McDonough plans to meet with President Juan Manuel Santos and other senior Colombian officials.  In Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Mr. McDonough will conduct meetings with President Porfirio Lobo, members of his cabinet, and civil society representatives to discuss citizen security, human rights and economic development efforts between the United States and Honduras.