ABC News’s Bret Hovell reports: Senator John McCain will travel to Colombia next week, before the Fourth of July Holiday.
McCain will meet with Colombia’s President Uribe to discuss joint US Colombian efforts to stifle the drug trade and express what McCain calls the United States’ strong friendship with the Colombians.
McCain will also call for the passage of the Colombian Free Trade Agreement which has been stalled in the U.S. Congress
McCain himself announced the trip at a press conference Tuesday in Riverside, California.
“We’ll be traveling there and visiting with President Uribe and others as they continue their enormous battle that they are waging against the drug cartels which have had such a damaging effect on their country but also on ours,” McCain said.
He said that Uribe saved Colombia from becoming a failed state and that he wanted to thank Uribe for that.
"I consider him a friend and I consider the people of Colombia my friends as well," McCain said.