Santos won the Nobel Prize for striking a deal with Colombia's main rebel group to end the South American country's civil war
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01 of November 2016 13:23:59
LONDON — Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who received the Nobel Peace Prize last month for his efforts to end Colombia's bloodshed, said in a speech to both houses of Britain's Parliament that the two nations should "substantially increase our bilateral trade and investment.""British investment in our country, already sizeable, will be able to grow with much more confidence and peace of mind in a country that has ceased to suffer the effects of an armed conflict," Santos said.The state visit is the first to Britain by a Colombian leader, and is being used by U.K. officials to highlight Britain's international focus as it prepares to leave the European Union. Exit negotiations are expected to start in early 2019 and last at least two years."Colombia is on the verge of a historic peace agreement and through our ongoing support for the country the U.K, is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities that will follow," said Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson.Earlier, Santos was welcomed by Queen Elizabeth II at a military ceremony — while at home his government tries to salvage a hard-won deal to end decades of violence.