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Trump Warns Colombia It May Be Decertified as Drug War Ally

  • Associated Press

FILE - A counter narcotics police officer loads bags containing cocaine seized in Chinacota, near Colombia's northeastern border with Venezuela, March 2, 2016.

President Trump says he won't rule out decertifying Colombia as a partner in the drug war after a record jump in cocaine production in the South American nation.

The surprise rebuke for Washington's staunchest ally in Latin America came Wednesday in the White House's annual designation of nations it deems major drug-producing or transit zones.

Of the 22 nations on the list only two, Venezuela and Bolivia, were deemed not to be fulfilling their international obligations to combat drug production and trafficking.

FILE - Diositeo Matitui, a 67-year-old coca grower, works in his coca field in a rural area of Policarpa, department of Narino, Colombia, Jan. 15, 2017.
FILE - Diositeo Matitui, a 67-year-old coca grower, works in his coca field in a rural area of Policarpa, department of Narino, Colombia, Jan. 15, 2017.

In a statement, Trump said he "seriously considered'' adding Colombia to the list of negligent countries but decided against that due to the country's status as a strong security partner of the U.S.

Coca production in Colombia has surged more than 200 percent since 2013.

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