While in Caracas (Venezuela) the president of Colombia, Gustavo Francisco Petro, shook hands with the head of the regime in the sister country, Nicolás Maduro, 3,315 kilometers away, In Washington DC (United States) the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Manuel Santos, urged for the return of democracy in the neighboring nation.
“I hope that this meeting will be productive, relations with Venezuela are very important for Colombia and hopefully Venezuela will return to democracy”, They quoted in Noticias Caracol the statements of the former president, who was making an intervention in a forum held by the Kroc Institute on the peace process in Colombia and the conservation of the environment.
It should be remembered that although in the Santos government diplomatic relations were maintained between the two countries -in fact, at the time, the former head of state said that Hugo Chávez was his new best friend-, when Maduro assumed power in the sister country, he began the deterioration of the relationship with Venezuela, where that last meeting they held in 2016 was worth little.
In the television news they also pointed out that The former president reminded the current Colombian president that he has a commitment to the cessation of violence in the country.
“The Colombian people chose Petro, among other things, because He promised that he was going to give all the attention and effort to the implementation of the peace agreement, I hope he complies, because there are the solutions to many of the problems”, he added.
Meanwhile, the Caracol Radio station indicated that the Kroc Institute forum The Colombian ambassador to the United States, Luis Gilberto Murillo, also attended, who indicated that this was the first step to rebuild relations between the two countries.
“You have to remember that President Petro is playing a very important role in power, first of all, to ensure that there is a response from the government in Venezuela to the challenges in terms of human rights. And he has asked that President Maduro, that Venezuela, return to the Inter-American Human Rights System,” the official said.
On the radio they also reported that In the United States, the summit between Petro and Maduro was not received with great pleasure, in fact it caused a coincidence between the Democrat Annette Tadeo, candidate for the House for Florida, the state with the largest population of Latin Americans, and her Republican rival, María Elvira Salazar , who on previous occasions has described the Colombian president as a communist and a criminal.
“Instead of meeting with the criminal Maduro, Petro should focus on fixing the economic situation he has caused in Colombia,” They highlighted Tadeo’s statements on Caracol Radio.
Already much more belligerent, Salazar, for whom former President Uribe asked Colombians to vote in the aforementioned State, made a survey on Twitter with the provocative question: “Today two socialist terrorists meet in Caracas. Which of the two is the greatest danger to democracy in Latin America? Gustavo Petro or Nicolás Maduro.”
With greater moderation, they also reviewed on that station, the government of the president of the United States, Joe Biden urged with the same prudence as Santos for the return of democracy to Venezuela.
“Venezuelans deserve the same opportunities that Colombians and other peoples of the region have to democratically elect their leaders,” said a spokesman for the US State Department.
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Petro-Maduro Summit: the former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Juan Manuel Santos, called for democracy for Venezuela