Jorge Alberto Uribe

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Jorge Alberto Uribe
Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarria meeting with his American counterpart Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld in the Pentagon on 30 September 2004
Minister of National Defense
In office
9 November 2003 – 7 July 2005
PresidentÁlvaro Uribe
Preceded byMarta Lucía Ramírez
Succeeded byCamilo Alfonso Ospina
Personal details
Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría

(1940-10-30) 30 October 1940 (age 83)
Rionegro, Antioquia, Colombia
Alma materGeorge Washington University

Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría (born 30 October 1940 in Medellín) is a Colombian politician and businessman. In 2003 the government of President Alvaro Uribe appointed him as Minister of Defense of Colombia.


He was educated at primary and secondary schools in Colombia, with two years spent at Culver Military Academy in the United States. He completed a first degree in economics at George Washington University in the US and did post-graduate work in international marketing at Besançon University in France.

He served as his country's minister of defense,[1] succeeding Marta Lucía Ramírez, who was Colombia's first female defence minister. Prior to that appointment, he served as Finland's honorary consul in Bogotá for a period of ten years.

Jorge Alberto Uribe Echavarría is not related to fellow medellinense President Álvaro Uribe Vélez, but the two are old friends.


Jorge Alberto Uribe, rejected the accusations that the newspaper El Nuevo Herald of Miami made about the alleged affair he had with a woman arrested for drug trafficking in El Buen Pastor prison in Medellin. In a press release, the Minister confirmed that he had known this person for ten years and was aware of the alleged criminal activities the woman had been accused with. "In a single opportunity, in early 2003, seven months before my office as Minister of Defense, I visited said person at the Good Shepherd Jail Medellin.[2]


  1. ^ Foreno, Juan (28 November 2004). "Colombian Tells of Marxist Plot Against Bush". The New York Times. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Ministro de Defensa niega aseveraciones del Nuevo Herald". (in European Spanish). 31 December 1899. Retrieved 31 March 2023.