|U.S. President George W. Bush and his Colombian counterpart President Alvaro Uribe.|
(LIP-jl) — After meeting with Peruvian President Alan Garcia last week, United States President George W. Bush played host to Colombian President Alvaro Uribe at the White House in Washington D.C. to continue his push towards obtaining the ratification of free trade agreements with Peru, Colombia, and Panama.
Standing on the White House lawn with visiting President Uribe, Bush called the pact with Colombia, Peru and Panama "good for the United States, good for job creators, farmers, workers, good for Colombia."
Bush stated votes in Congress on such trade agreements "are more than just trade votes. They are signals to South America that we stand with nations that are willing to make hard decisions on behalf of the people."
The U.S. President added: "So I urge them (lawmakers) to be open-minded and listen to his record," the president added, "because it’s in our interest that they do so."
The current Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA), extended earlier this year, will expire at the end of June. Unless U.S. lawmakers extend the ATPDEA before the deadline, Peru and U.S. trade officials will be racing against the clock to approve the FTA.
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