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Colombia rejects disrespectful statements made by Javier Milei

Colombia rejects disrespectful statements made by Javier Milei

The Colombian government expressed its “strong rejection” and described as “irresponsible” the comments made by Argentine President Javier Milei, who described his Colombian counterpart Gustavo Petro as “a nuisance”.

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The offensive comments about Gustavo Petro were made by Milei in statements to Colombian television channel NTN24 at the end of his speech at a political conference of right-wing forces in Washington, DC on February 24, the State Department reported.

Milei attended the annual convention of the right-wing American CPAC on Saturday in National Harbor, Maryland, an event where he was supported by former US President Donald Trump, with whom he had previously greeted.

At the end of his speech, the Argentine president, who a month ago described Petro as a “murderous communist who is sinking the country”, which led to a crisis in bilateral relations, was approached by a journalist from NTN24 and asked him about this situation and what he would now say to his Colombian counterpart.

The Argentine president then said that Petro “is sinking the Colombians, that is, he is a deadly plague to the Colombians themselves.”

The diplomatic note “rejects these repeated disrespectful statements that deteriorate the historic friendly relations between the two nations and represent an affront to the dignity of the President of the Republic of Colombia, democratically elected by the Colombian people.”

On January 26, the Colombian government summoned its ambassador to Argentina, Camilo Romero, for consultations over Milei’s offensive comments against Petro, whom he described as a “murderous communist” in an interview with journalist Patricia Janiot.

At the time, the State Department said that these statements “disrespect and violate the deep bonds of friendship, understanding and cooperation that have historically united Colombia and Argentina” and therefore summoned Ambassador Romero for consultations.

With information from TeleSur

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