Petro and Blinken held a joint press conference after their meeting on issues such as the fight against drugs, the environment and immigration at the Presidential Palace Casa de Narino in Bogota, Colombia.
Reminding the good relations between the USA and Colombia in recent years, Blinken said regarding the peace agreement signed with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in 2016, “Permanent peace should be an inclusive peace.” used the phrase.
Pointing to the good relations with the Petro government, Blinken said, “We have a lot in common in almost all the issues we have to address. For example, we strongly support the government’s comprehensive approach to the fight against drugs.” said.
Emphasizing that the USA is not the main country where drugs are sold, Blinken emphasized that efforts are being made to reduce use in the country, and that drug traffickers should be punished, but there should be a justice approach for the villagers who are forced to grow the plants used in drug production.
Antony Blinken pointed out that only the strengthening of law enforcement in Colombia is not enough to combat violence, and stated that inequality, which is the main cause of insecurity, should be addressed.
“We should fight against the drug smuggler, not the farmer”
Colombian President Petro also criticized the United States’ support for the use of the environmentally damaging herbicide glyphosate in plants previously used in Colombian drug production.
Stating that this method does not work and that the farmer should not be seen as a criminal, Petro emphasized that the fight against drugs should be with drug smugglers, not farmers.
Petro pointed to the importance of strengthening the necessary surveillance to prevent the exit of drugs from the country and increasing the intelligence capacity to catch drug traffickers.
Within the scope of his visit to Colombia, Chile and Peru, US Secretary of State Blinken met with Vice President Francia Marquez Mina and Foreign Minister Alvaro Leyva Duran, as well as Petro in his first stop in Colombia.
Source: TRT Haber