The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made several changes to its plant, including the creation of embassies and hundreds of positions assigned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to strengthen relations with other countries.
Recently, Decree 1182, approved on November 7, 2023, was released and signed by Chancellor Álvaro Leyva and Finance Minister Ricardo Bonilla.
In the decree that is already in the public domain, there is the creation of nine embassies, 14 advisers, 25 specialized professionals, 20 minister-advisors, 21 foreign relations advisers, nine foreign relations secretaries, and 27 auxiliaries in diplomatic missions.
For its part, the RCN detailed that among the possible embassies to be established are: Romania and the Czech Republic in Europe; and Ethiopia and Senegal in Africa.
The Armando Benedetti controversy
However, these new moves will stir up previous controversies due to the possible teaching of Armando Benedetti, the former ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela, as the country’s representative before the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).
The creation of this position and the appointment of Benedetti recall the scandals in which he has been involved since he was part of the government of Gustavo Petro.
At the end of last year, he testified before the Special Investigation Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice for the investigation carried out against him due to the alleged case of corruption due to the payment of bribes in exchange for the management of Fonade contracts.
Benedetti declared at the end of the hearing, which lasted approximately one and a half hours, that the case was persecution against him by Judge Cristina Lombana.
He insisted that the magistrate had a “delirium of persecution against him after he did not grant a postponement of the trial.” Previously, the diplomat asked to change the date because a cancerous polyp was removed, and the doctor in charge ordered him to rest for three or four days.