Amid mounting frustration with the U.S. Congress’ refusal to pass a free trade agreement with Colombia, Santos has talked of the need to build new trade routes, including with the Middle East. And the country plans to open embassies in the United Arab Emirates and Turkey this year.
This meme is tiresome. Whether or not an FTA is passed is irrelevant to Colombia's trade with the rest of the world. An FTA does not mean that you suddenly stop trading with everyone else. Chile has roughly fifty free trade agreements, and continues to "build new trade routes" all the time.