Bogotá, Nov 7 (EFE) .- Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos will visit the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Portugal at the end of this week to promote investment, cooperation and construction of peace, as a continuation of a trip planned for London, informed his office today.
The president will travel next Wednesday to the British capital to receive two prizes, and from there it will move to Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the two main territories of the United Arab Emirates, and then close with a state visit to Portugal on the 13th November.
In London, Santos will receive the Chatham House Prize on Thursday the 9th in recognition of his work to sign the peace agreement with the FARC, an act that will be attended by the former prime minister. British Minister John Major and Prince Andrew.
The next day, the Colombian head of state will receive the Kew International Medal at the Telford Theater, awarded by the Royal Kew Botanical Garden, for its work for the protection of biodiversity.
In that act, Santos will deliver a speech on the conservation promises of his Government and the program Colombia Bio, among other initiatives, the Presidency reported in a statement.
Colombia Bio is a project that seeks to promote knowledge, conservation, management and use sustainable biodiversity in the country through science, technology and innovation.
Santos will arrive in Abu Dhabi on Saturday 11 and that same day will meet with the prince heir of the emirate, Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan.
In this visit, two agreements on double taxation and protection of investments will be signed, and a contribution from the country will be specified. Arab for 45 million dollars to support the Colombian post-conflict.
The Government recalled today that the Emirates had already contributed seven million dollars to Colombia to attend the tragedy occurred last April in Mocoa, in the south of the country, where an avalanche caused more than 300 deaths.
To the UAE the president travels accompanied by a group of businessmen; wife, María Clemencia Rodríguez de Santos, and by the ministers of Foreign Affairs, María Ángela Holguín; Cárdenas, and Minas, Germán Arce, among others.
On Sunday, Santos and his entourage will go to Dubai where they will have a meeting at the Emirate Chamber of Commerce and afterwards the President will be received by Vice President, Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, Mohamed bin Rashid al Maktoum.
The last stage of his tour will be Portugal, where on November 13 Santos will make a state visit that was initially going to do last June, but that was postponed due to the wildfires in that country and the terrorist attack against the center commercial Andino de Bogotá.
In Lisbon, Santos will be received on Monday with military honors at the Jerónimos Monastery and will then go to the Palacio de Belem for the meeting with the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
At the end of that meeting there will be a joint press conference, and then the Colombian president will go to the Palacio das Necessidades for a meeting with the Prime Minister of Portugal, Antonio Costa.
Subsequently, Santos will be honored at the Nova University of Lisbon with an Honoris Causa Doctorate and then intervene the plenary session of the Assembly of the Portuguese Republic.
The intense agenda of that day also includes a meeting with Portuguese businessmen at the Hotel Ritz, where the Council will be created. Strategic Binational, and will close the day with a dinner hosted by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the Ajuda National Palace.
The Colombian president will return to Bogotá on Tuesday 14.