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The guests for the command transmission began to arrive, Alberto Fernández is already in Bogotá


Francisco Echeverri, Deputy Foreign Minister of Colombia, extends his hand to President Alberto Fernández to welcome him to the country. Photo: Courtesy of the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

The ceremony that will give the investiture of president to Gustavo Petro will take place in the Plaza de Bolívar, in the historic center of Bogotá. To keep the appointment, Throughout Friday, August 5, the international guests began to arrive for the presidential inauguration, At the facilities of the El Dorado Airport, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francisco Echeverri, and the director in charge of America of the Colombian Foreign Ministry, Ambassador Luis Antomio Dimaté, were in charge of welcoming the leaders.

The president of Argentina, Alberto Fernández was the last to arrive in Bogotá on Friday night. The president of the Argentines took off around 6:30 in the afternoon from the military base of the Jorge Newbery airport in the City of Buenos Aires. The president is accompanied by the Minister for Women, Gender and Diversity, Elizabeth Gómez Alcorta, and Foreign Minister Santiago Cafiero.

The guests for the command transmission began to arrive, Alberto Fernández is already in Bogotá
Alberto Fernández gets off the plane during his visit to Bogotá on the occasion of the transfer of command. Photo: Courtesy of the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

In addition to President Alberto Fernández, Other leaders from the region have arrived in the country. The first to do so was the Vice President of the Republic of El Salvador, Félix Ulloa, who arrived around 2 in the afternoon. Minutes later, the former president of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, landed at the El Dorado Airport in Bogotá, who was received by the person in charge of America of the Foreign Ministry, Luis Antonio Dimaté.

In addition to the leaders and government committees, Members of non-governmental organizations were also invited to the ceremony. One of them was the Ibero-American Secretary General, Andrés Allamand, who landed in Colombia around 4 in the afternoon.

This was also done by the Acting Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mario Cimoli, who came from the city of Santiago de Chile. Upon his arrival, he was received by the director in charge of America of the Colombian Foreign Ministry, ambassador Luis Antomio Dimaté.

After 4 in the afternoon, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Francisco Echeverri, was in charge of welcoming the guests who continued to arrive on Friday afternoon and night. The first to receive was the Chancellor of the Republic of Serbia, Nikola Selaković.

The guests for the command transmission began to arrive, Alberto Fernández is already in Bogotá
Nikola Selaković, Foreign Minister of Serbia, walks with the Deputy Foreign Minister of Colombia after his arrival in Bogotá. Photo: Courtesy of the Colombian Foreign Ministry.

From Latin America Representatives from Brazil and Honduras are already in Colombian territory. In the evening hours, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, Carlos Alberto Franco França, arrived at the Catam military air base, after which the President of the Republic of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, landed.

Regarding the delegations from other parts of the world, The Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, arrived, then the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gilmar Simón Pisas, landed in Colombia as representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and Juan O’Naghten y Chacón, and finally the special delegate of Malta for Latin America and head of the delegation for Colombia.

Gustavo Petro’s presidential inauguration ceremony will begin on Sunday at 3 p.m., although from 10 in the morning the start of a series of activities is planned that will arise as the change of command progresses. The Plaza de Bolívar will be the scene of the formal act, from there Gustavo Petro will take the oath as president of the Colombians and will receive the presidential sash. Then he will give a speech that, as has been confirmed, will not be written.

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