EL TIEMPO, September 7, 2022
(Translated by Eunice Gibson, CSN Volunteer Translator)
The head of State installed Luis Gilberto Murillo. He said that a new agenda must be constructed.
Luis Gilberto Murillo was sworn in this Wednesday afternoon as Colombia’s new Ambassador to the United States.
It took place in the President’s Palace, where President Gustavo Petro spoke of the necessity of creating a new agenda between Bogotá and Washington, which will go beyond the war on drugs.
Because of that, President Petro said that we must change the United States’ vision of “its conducting of the war on drugs in Colombia, failed in my opinion, and jointly construct the acres of peace.”
He added that another key issue in the relationship with the United States is working jointly to prevent burning down the Amazon jungle.
Because of that, Petro spoke of the necessity of building a new agenda with that country. And Murillo will have to do the job; “it’s a job that has to do with saving the human species. I chose an Afro-Colombian person, because the United States has a significant African-American population, and they may speak the same language, because of their similar roots.”
“The chapter starts now, and I think it will bring good news, especially in strengthening the peace,” concluded the President in his speech at the swearing-in of the new Ambassador.