Republican presidential candidate John McCain
has urged the US Congress to agree to a free trade pact with Bogota. The Democrat-led body has stalled over the deal, amid fears over US jobs and union-related violence in Colombia.
On a visit to Bogota, McCain sought to soothe the concerns.
“Free trade is an important issue, not only for Colombia but, I believe, for the economy of the world and, as you know, for the United States economy,” he said.
“As you know, I have strongly supported education and re-training programmes for our displaced workers who face the challenges that America’s economy is undergoing as we speak.”