The Colombian president, Iván Duque, today asked the Colombians to have the "front raised" and the "erect body" to fight for a new liberation of the country during the year 2019.
"We have to have that front raised and that body erect to fight for a new liberation of Colombia: Liberation from terrorism, liberation from drug trafficking, freedom from corruption, freedom from polarization," Duque said in a video broadcast by his office.
The president expressed himself in his end of the year greeting from the Naval School of Cadets in the Caribbean Cartagena de Indias, where he will meet Wednesday with US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo.
In the meeting with the senior US official, Duque will address issues such as the fight against drug trafficking, the application of the peace agreement, trade and the response to the crisis in Venezuela.
The president added in his message that 2019 is the year of the bicentennial and thanked the military for their heroism, devotion, discipline and work to build a Colombia with "greater development and greater prosperity."
"2019 comes to unite Colombia, this is a year that allows us to remember the patriotic strength of those who crossed the páramos in front of all inclemency, which allowed us to give ourselves freedom and who have always enlightened the glory of this nation," said Duque .