President Joe Biden and Colombian President Gustavo Petro will meet at the White House to discuss a variety of topics, including climate change, regional security, and sanctions against Venezuela. The meeting, which will be the first joint meeting between the two leaders in the White House, is highly anticipated as it could set the tone for US-Colombia relations for years to come.
The two leaders are expected to discuss a variety of topics, including climate change, the fight against drug trafficking, regional migration challenges and the promotion of democratic values. The potential of the Petro to drive the lifting of sanctions against Venezuela is also expected to be discussed. Petro has already signaled its intention to seek the lifting of sanctions, and the White House has said it is open to discussing the issue.
President Petro has been an outspoken critic of US sanctions on Venezuela, claiming they are counterproductive and only serve to worsen the plight of the Venezuelan people. Criticism of him has been joined by other Latin American leaders, including Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who recently called on the United States to end its sanctions against Venezuela.
In addition, they will talk about the war against drugs and its possible transition from production to consumption, as well as the need to stop the persecution of small producers. President Petro has been a strong critic of the current “failed” war on drugs and has proposed a new approach to the issue. He has also advocated for a “total peace” policy that would end more than 6 decades of violence in Colombia.
The meeting is likely to be a pivotal moment for US-Colombian relations, with the two leaders expected to reach agreement on a variety of issues. The outcome of the meeting could have far-reaching implications for both countries, as well as for the region as a whole.