During your visit to USA, where he participated in a summit on education, this Monday, and will give a speech at the 77th edition of the UN General Assembly, this Tuesday, September 20, the President Gustav Petro made a request on anti-drug policy.
Specifically, Petro raised with the senator Christopher Andrew Coons the need for a change in the focus of drug policy worldwide, considering that it has failed.
“Colombia intends to reduce coca crops, but not with the emphasis on the military, but rather on the generation of conditions for farmers to find profitable alternatives to coca“, confirmed the Colombian Foreign Ministry on the request made by Petro.
The meeting with Coons was also attended by the vice chancellor, Francis Coy, and the Colombian ambassador to the United States, Luis Guillermo Murillo.
During a meeting of foreign ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and India, which took place in New York (United States).
There, Colombia poses ‘south-south’ cooperation as a means of response in the face of an upcoming pandemic. The proposal was made by the Deputy Minister of Multilateral Affairs, Laura Gil.
According to Gil, the objective would be to advance in joint production of drugs and vaccines, and in releasing intellectual property. For its part, India offered cooperation in the exchange of knowledge through the diplomatic academy of its country, a proposal on which Colombia expressed its special interest.
“For CELAC and for Colombia, India is an important strategic partner, with whom it wishes to strengthen political, economic and commercial coordination and initiate a renewed stage of bi-regional cooperation.“said the Foreign Ministry.