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Hillary and Bill dine together at Colombian steakhouse

Turns out that Secretary Clinton wasn’t the only Clinton in Colombia yesterday. Husband Bill Clinton, a former U.S. president, was also in the country for work related to his charitable activities, including a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe on reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Haiti. (Above, Bill Clinton views some handicrafts that are part of a program ...

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GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images

Turns out that Secretary Clinton wasn’t the only Clinton in Colombia yesterday. Husband Bill Clinton, a former U.S. president, was also in the country for work related to his charitable activities, including a meeting with President Alvaro Uribe on reconstruction of earthquake-devastated Haiti. (Above, Bill Clinton views some handicrafts that are part of a program supported by the Clinton Foundation.)

For dinner yesterday, the Clintons and some friends dined at a steakhouse in Bogotá that would have been too risky to eat at just a few years ago because of the possibility of violence or kidnapping. Secretary Clinton, in a news conference with Uribe, said  the meal was "wonderful," and added, "We talked about how remarkable it was that such a common event could take place."

Uribe said the dining experience was great PR for his country, which is trying to overcome a reputation of being filled with drug violence: "The best PR for confidence in Colombia is that last night Madame Secretary of State of the United States and President Bill Clinton were in a restaurant enjoying complete piece of mind, enjoying this beautiful city."

Preeti Aroon was copy chief at Foreign Policy from 2009 to 2016 and was an FP assistant editor from 2007 to 2009. Twitter: @pjaroonFP

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