Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Colombia strongly rejects Milei’s statements against Petro

Colombia summoned its ambassador to Argentina for consultations on Friday after that country’s president, Javier Milei, described his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, as a “communist killer.”

“The government of Colombia strongly rejects this statement, which attacks the honor of the president (…). The words of President Milei ignore and violate the deep ties of friendship, understanding, and cooperation,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. External relations.

On Thursday night, the Argentine president declared in an interview with Colombian journalist Patricia Janiot that Petro is a “communist murderer who is sinking Colombia.”

“As a result of the circumstances created by the words of the President of Argentina, the Government of Colombia immediately called Ambassador Camilo Romero, representative of Colombia in that country, for consultations,” added the text from the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

After the announcement, Ambassador Romero called Milei a “hypocrite” in a publication on the social network X, which Petro imitated.

Relations between Colombia and Argentina have worsened since the ultraliberal Milei came to power in December 2023.

The libertarian economist exchanged messages with the first leftist president in the history of Colombia. Last year, still as a candidate, he declared on a Colombian radio station that “a socialist is garbage” and “human waste.”

Petro, who in his youth belonged to a guerrilla that signed the peace, compared him in his social networks to Adolf Hitler for that comment.

Then, when Milei won the November election by defeating the Peronist candidate, Sergio Massa, he declared that it was a “sad moment for Latin America.”

Milei became president by defeating Peronism, the center-left force of Néstor and Cristina Kirchner that has governed Argentina since 2003, except for four years of the right-wing government of Mauricio Macri (2015–2019).

The ultraliberal accuses the current opposition of the country’s economic crisis, which closes in 2023 with inflation of 211% per year.

Once in power, he was harsh on the left in the region. In Janiot’s interview, he referred to the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric, as “a man with wrong ideas.”

Argentina’s largest union staged a general strike on Thursday under the slogan “The country is not for sale,” in the first major demonstration against the fiscal adjustment and Milei reforms.

In social networks, Petro often has discussions with the Salvadoran president, Nayib Bukele, and is critical of the president of Peru, Dina Boluarte, whose country has declared him persona “non grata.”

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