The elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, commented on his Twitter account that he already had the opportunity to talk with his counterparts from the United States and Venezuela, Joe Biden and Nicolás Maduro, respectively.
According to Petro, it was a couple of calls What did he do to strengthen Colombia’s ties with the two nations?s and reactivate diplomatic relations between Colombia and the neighboring country of Venezuela.
Faced with these two calls, the current president Iván Duque spoke about the impressions he has had of the activities of Gustavo Petro, since he was elected as the next president of the Colombians.
In the first place, he referred to the conversation that Petro had with Joe Biden and assured that “there is nothing extraordinary there” and that Colombia’s relations with the United States must be given continuity in terms of the objectives of the fight against drug trafficking, climate change, the work of renewable energies and other aspects.
However, he clarified that it is not a relationship between people or presidents, but between countries. “Here we have to depersonalize these relationships many times and that is how it has been. The United States has been an ally of Colombia and Colombia of the United States,” she stated.
Regarding Petro’s call to the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro, he clarified that it is not about opening the borders because “the borders have not been closed”, but about guaranteeing that the Venezuelan side does not continue to collude with terrorism.
“There is Pablito, there is Antonio García, there is Iván Márquez. So, that they return them, that they extradite them so that they show Colombia that there is a will to collaborate with our country, ”he explained.
Finally, he stated that regarding the joint meeting they are ready for it to start as soon as possible.
“Any plane that is bought for public institutions in these weeks is sold again”: message from Petro to Duque
The President-elect of the Republic, Gustavo Petro, sent this Wednesday, June 22, a request to the current president, Iván Duque Márquez, to suspend the purchase of new aircraft for public institutions.
On his Twitter account, Petro said that vehicles of this type that are purchased in the coming weeks will be sold again.
“Any plane that is bought for public institutions in these weeks is sold again. I ask President Duque to suspend these purchases,” Petro said on his social network account.
And it is worth remembering that in May of this year there was controversy in the country due to the information that circulated from the Ecuadorian media, in which it is indicated that the presidential plane of that country is for sale and that one of its main clients would be the Colombian Government.
After the media data, the Colombian Air Force confirmed that a possible negotiation with Ecuador in this regard is indeed being evaluated, but the military authority went further by indicating that the purchase of other transport aircraft is being evaluated.
“Currently, the FAC carries out a process for the renewal of transport aircraft with the purpose of replacing the Fokker 28 type aircraft, which have been in the service of Colombians for more than 40 years, in order to continue guaranteeing compliance of the mission constitutionally assigned to the Colombian Air Force”, indicated the Air Force.
Within that package of aircraft, which would be in the process of purchase, there is the Legacy EMB-135bj aircraft, which is used as a presidential in Ecuador.
It is worth remembering that recently The information related to the renewal that Colombia must do of the airplanes was the center of discussion. KFIR fighters, which according to the Air Force are already close to reaching their useful life.
One of the main arguments of the Armed Forces to motivate the purchase of combat aircraft is that they are necessary to guarantee the security and Colombian sovereignty.
The idea of the purchase plan proposed by the Armed Forces is to acquire 24 state-of-the-art combat aircraft. Upon learning of said purchasing plan, the opposition expressed its disagreement with the Government.
At the time, the indigenous senator Feliciano Valencia wondered why the effort if the country had not renewed its air fleet for 30 years. “With low popularity, straining relations with Venezuela is an electoral argument.”