After being elected president, some leaders of the world and the region have congratulated Gustavo Petro for his victory. From now on it has been seen that demonstrations to strengthen the relationship with the new Government at the head of the Casa de Nariño.
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Officials from the United States, Venezuela, Mexico, Chile, Brazil, among others, are some of those who have sent messages through social networks. This now opens the question about who of them could come to Petro’s possession, with just over a month and a half to go until the date (August 7) and for the invitations to be officially sent.
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Next, we will tell you what has been the tradition of these countries in relation to presidential possessions.
It is usual for the US president to send a delegation on his behalf to the possessions in Colombia. The White House, in fact, recently reported that Joe Biden had a phone call with Petro in which he congratulated him on the electoral results, in which Washington stressed that it hopes to work to continue strengthening bilateral cooperation on climate change and in the implementation of the Peace Agreement.
In that order of ideas, some names that could be considered to attend the presidential inauguration would be the senior White House advisers, Juan González (of Colombian origin) or Undersecretary Brian Nichols, who usually refer to issues related to politics. American with Colombia. Likewise, the Secretary of State (head of diplomacy), Antony Blinken, could be another of the officials, something that has not yet been confirmed.
“Great to speak with the elected president of Colombia @petrogustavo to congratulate him on his election. We discussed the long-standing partnership between the US and Colombia and how we can work together to enhance inclusive economic prosperity, combat climate change, and further deepen our relationship,” the official tweeted after announcing on Twitter his talk with Petro. .
In Venezuela, Chavismo has celebrated the victory of Gustavo Petro. Nicolás Maduro assured that new times were “foreseeing” for Colombia and the same has been done by Diosdado Cabello, vice president of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV), also stating that they expected a couple of invitations to the inauguration on August 7.
“We do not expect one but many representatives of Venezuela to attend the inauguration,” said Cabello, while congratulating Petro and Francia Márquez, also insisting that it was a new era for Latin America in which they seek to strengthen organizations such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
Although we will have to wait if the invitations arrive, the truth is that there is a bone of contention, and it is the recognition or not of the interim government of Juan Guaido. Until now, the new occupant of the Casa de Nariño has not commented on the matter, but Guaidó has asked that protection be maintained for Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, who number 1,800,000.
Without a doubt, one of the great guests at the ceremony will be the president of Chile, Gabriel Boric. In fact, Petro attended his investiture ceremony, for which a similar gesture is expected from the president-elect of Colombia.
Before the elections, Boric said during the Summit of the Americas that his government had “his heart” with the campaign of the leader of the Historical Pact and has repeatedly stated his intention to further strengthen ties with that nation.
I just talked with @petrogustavo to congratulate him on his triumph in the presidency of Colombia together with @FranciaMarquezM. Joy for Latin America! We will work together for the unity of our continent in the challenges of a rapidly changing world. We continue!
— Gabriel Boric Font (@gabrielboric) June 19, 2022
Another of the great enthusiasts with the electoral results in Colombia was the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador (Amlo). In a thread of three messages, Amlo welcomed Petro’s election and even mentioned Gabriel García Márquez and Gaitán to talk about the results.
In this sense, López Obrador is expected to be another of the great guests, although Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard usually represents the president on his behalf.
Perhaps one of the big questions will be Brazil, who today is headed by the far-right Jair Bolsonaro. In a brief statement, the Brazilian presidency congratulated Petro and said that he hopes to “deepen” bilateral relations with the neighboring country.
The responsibility of the Brazilian voter only increases. Já não é mais “somente” por Brasil, é throughout the region. pic.twitter.com/98y1XaEfGq
– Eduardo Bolsonaro🇧🇷 (@BolsonaroSP) June 20, 2022
However, the recent trills of Bolsonaro’s son, deputy Eduardo Bolsonaro, showed that there would be little ideological affinity between the two leaders. However, the former president and current candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva sent a message on networks congratulating Petro. Today the favorite in the polls in Brazil, Lula could be another of the leaders invited to the investiture position.
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