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Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos recalls moment he narrowly escaped an IRA bomb in London

Published 06/11/2016

For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only EDITORIAL USE ONLY Handout photo issued by the BBC of Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos appearing in a pre-recorded interview on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 6, 2016. Trade between the UK and Colombia could be even stronger after Brexit, the country's president has said. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Santos. Photo credit should read: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
For use in UK, Ireland or Benelux countries only EDITORIAL USE ONLY Handout photo issued by the BBC of Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos appearing in a pre-recorded interview on the BBC One current affairs programme, The Andrew Marr Show. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday November 6, 2016. Trade between the UK and Colombia could be even stronger after Brexit, the country's president has said. See PA story POLITICS Brexit Santos. Photo credit should read: Jeff Overs/BBC/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
Colombia's president Juan Manuel Santos (centre) with First Minister Arlene Foster (right) and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness on arrival at Stormont Castle, Belfast, during a state visit. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday November 3, 2016. See PA story POLITICS Colombia. Photo credit should read: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The president of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, has recalled the moment he narrowly escaped an IRA bomb in London.

He had been living as a student in London at that time.

He recalled walking to Piccadilly when a dustbin suddenly exploded.

"I remember it very well because we were shocked," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr show on Sunday.

Mr Santos visited Belfast last week.

He said the peace process in Northern Ireland inspired him in working towards reconciliation with Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels in Colombia.

The Columbian president met with First Minister Arlene Foster and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness during a visit to Northern Ireland on Thursday.

It formed part of a three-day state visit by Mr Santos to the UK.

"I was in Belfast seeing how people are still trying to reconcile and it has been a great inspiration for me and for the peace process in Columbia," he said.

"Many of the elements of the Northern Ireland peace process, I applied in the Columbian peace process."

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