López Obrador will travel to Colombia to discuss Petro’s anti-drug policy


Mexico City, Dec. 1 The Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, reported this Thursday that he will meet in Colombia to discuss the proposal to change the paradigm of the fight against drugs that his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, made on his recent visit to the country, although he did not specify the date of the meeting.

“President Gustavo Petro has a proposal, he outlined it, he announced the general guidelines. The idea is to pay more attention to the preventive, which can prevent people, especially young people, out of necessity, from engaging in these illegal activities,” said the Mexican president.

In his daily press conference, López Obrador said that Petro invited him to Colombia to talk about said proposal.

“I accepted and we agreed to meet. It is likely that the meeting will be in Colombia,” he said.

Although he did not define the date, he estimated that it could take place after the North American Leaders Summit that will take place in Mexico with President Joe Biden of the United States and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, on January 9 and 10.

In addition, he said that apparently the intention of the Colombian president is to invite other presidents from Latin America and the Caribbean, including Chile’s Gabriel Boric and Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso, although he acknowledged that the date of the event has not yet been defined. I can’t find the agenda.

However, he recalled that they will meet on December 14 in Lima, Peru, where they will meet to hand over the presidency of the Pacific Alliance to the Peruvian Pedro Castillo.

The Mexican president affirmed that Petro “brings a very well articulated approach, thought out and will analyze his proposal well” regarding the fight against drugs.

He assured that Colombia has a lot of experience about the damage caused by drug trafficking because “they have made plans and know what can help to deal with the cultivation of, in this case, coca and drug trafficking.”

He announced that he agrees with the plan that Petro has raised.

“We agree that it is important to see it, not only from the vision of the United States, but to see it from the perspective of Latin America,” he said.

He stressed that this does not mean confrontation with the US government, but to analyze how this problem could be faced without violence.

“More effective ways have to be found to deal with the problems of organized crime, drug trafficking and address the causes, not just solve things or try to solve things with coercive measures, there are plans that can help,” he said.

On November 25, after a meeting held in Mexico City, the governments of Mexico and Colombia announced that they would convene an International Conference of Latin American Leaders with the aim of redesigning and rethinking drug policy in the region.

This after both countries recognized “the failure of the fight against drugs and the vulnerability of our peoples to this problem.” EFE

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