Colombian Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva told US Secretary of State Antonio Blinken on Monday that their countries are “true allies” and promised that Bogotá would never “surprise” Washington.
For his part, the head of the US delegation said that Colombia and the United States are “vibrant democracies” that are better when they “face together” global challenges.
The foreign ministers offered this at the inauguration of the High-Level Dialogue in Washington between the governments of the two countries, the first to be held by Gustavo Pedro Colombia.
“There is a new head of state (Gustavo Petros) who has a new speech but that is not surprising. It will never be surprising in our relationship with our partner, which is the United States of America,” he said. Alvaro Leyva.
Colombia’s foreign minister stated that Colombia is taking “new roles in the world” and that it wants to lead the response to global challenges such as the climate crisis.
“We were the land of Coca. Today we are one of the great sponges to solve the possible exit of the human race on the planet. We are saving the planet,” he said in a report to Amazon, considered the world’s lungs. .
He also mentioned that his country wants to convene a Latin American conference on migration to address this issue, which “has been raised by new circumstances that affect the security of the planet”.
In addition to the sum of the drug traffic, because this problem “stopped the Colombian exit” and is now “a container of multinational drug-trafficking”.
“We are going to see how the outcome of the demand (for medicine) is. In this we are all in the same boat,” Alvaro Leyva had explained.
For his part, Antonio Blinken stated that the fight against the drug cartels is “a key part” of the cooperation between the two countries and he wished to take “comprehensive action”.
This means, he said, seeking to reduce drug use in the United States, which “is a public health issue,” but also increasing land and sea invasions, as well as offering farmers the option of growing illegal crops in Colombia.
Antonio Blinken also wished to “fight the root causes of security in Colombia, such as corruption, impunity and lack of economic opportunities”.
“We have been together for decades to strengthen security cooperation and it continues,” he said.
The Secretary of State also spoke about the regional migration crisis, in which Colombia is a “crucial partner” for the United States.