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US and Colombia vow to reduce coca production by 50 per cent

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says he is “deeply concerned” about the increased production of coca leaf, the raw material for cocaine, in Colombia.

At a meeting with Colombian President Ivan Duque, Pompeo said the two countries would try to reduce coca production by 50% in 2023.

Colombia has already vowed to step up its coca eradication programme.

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