President-elect Juan Manuel Santos, who won the country’s June national elections, was formally sworn into office Aug. 7. In his inauguration speech, he outlined his priorities and policies for the country in various areas, including national unity, the fight against poverty and possible peace talks with rebels. Santos pledged that his government “will not defraud the poor” and fight poverty with the same intensity as the fight against terrorism. On rebel peace talks, he explained that the government is open to dialogue but emphasized that it will continue to “confront all the violent ones,” according to the Washington Post.

Before the inauguration, Santos met Aug. 6 with Chinese Justice Minister Wu Aiying. The two affirmed the need to expand China and Colombia’s bilateral cooperation, Xinhua News says.

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