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Weekly Report - 26 August 2021 (WR-21-34)

COLOMBIA: Vaccine diplomacy in Duque’s South Korea visit

Colombia’s President Iván Duque arrived in South Korea on 24 August for his first major foreign trip since the start of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. The three-day state visit to Seoul delivered some benefits, with Duque and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, pledging to deepen ties in digital, environmental, and cultural matters. Duque is still awaiting confirmation on whether he has secured the trip's biggest prize, however, having presented a letter of intent for Colombia to join the Seoul-based International Vaccine Institute (IVI). Approval, Duque said, would put Colombia at the forefront of vaccine research and development in the fight against Covid-19 and other diseases.

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