Headlines | 1/5/2009 12:00:00 AM
George W. Bush will give Alvaro Uribe the highest US civilian award
The three leaders will receive the award on 13th January, exactly a week before Bush leaves the White House and hands the keys of the Oval Office to Barack Obama.
Uribe, as well as Blair and Howard, is a close ally of President Bush and has worked with him to combat rebel groups in Colombia and activities aimed at controlling drug trafficking. They have also tried unsuccessfully to promote a free trade agreement between both countries.
"The president is honoring these leaders for their work to improve the lives of their citizens and for their efforts to promote democracy, human rights and peace abroad. All three leaders have been staunch allies of the United States, particularly in combating terrorism”, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said on Monday.