Japan will provide Colombia with 1 billion yen ($9 million) in grant aid toward the removal of land mines left by the country’s decades-long civil war, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos Saturday in Peru.
In the summit on the sidelines of regional gatherings in the capital Lima, Abe expressed Japan’s wish to continue to support the peace process and nation-building in Colombia.
The Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, reached a new peace accord this month after an earlier deal narrowly failed to pass a nationwide referendum.
Abe congratulated Santos on receiving this year’s Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the civil war.
According to the Japanese government, Santos called Japan’s offer of mine clearance assistance “highly effective” and stressed the importance of forthcoming deliberations on the new peace deal in the Colombian parliament.
The leaders also agreed they will continue to aim for the swift conclusion of negotiations toward a Japan-Colombia economic partnership agreement.
EPA talks that formally began in December 2012 have stalled, with Japan asking Colombia to eliminate its tariffs on automobile imports and Colombia requesting that Japan open its markets for agricultural products including beef, pork and sugar.