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Biden Admin Celebrates Colombia’s New Socialist President; Calls for Closer Ties

Administración Biden saluda el triunfo de Petro en Colombia y llama a estrechar la relación

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The Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, congratulated Colombians on Sunday for the presidential elections won by the former guerrilla Gustavo Petro and wished to strengthen the relationship with his future government.

Blinken further stated that both countries share values and interests in terms of democracy, security, economy, and human rights, and claimed that cooperation between Washington and Bogotá has allowed improving public health, the rule of law, and the environment in the region.

The left will accede for the first time to the Presidency of Colombia after the triumph of the former mayor of Bogota Gustavo Petro, of the coalition Pacto Histórico (Historical Pact).

With 98.22% of the tables reported, Petro obtained 11,115,965 votes, equivalent to 50.51%, while his rival, the independent Rodolfo Hernandez, of the Liga Anti-corrupción, reached 10,391,504 votes (47.22%).

Blinken met last Wednesday in Washington with the outgoing president of Colombia, the conservative Iván Duque, who during his mandate has made several trips to the United States to strengthen the relationship with the country.

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