Colombia Protests Against Argentina’s President: Milei Calls Petro ‘Murderous Communist’

2024-01-26 23:20:00

(CNN Spanish) — The Government of Colombia called its ambassador in Argentina, Camilo Romero, for consultations this Friday, in protest against statements that the president of Argentina, Javier Milei, made on Thursday about his Colombian counterpart, Gustavo Petro, whom he called a “murderous communist.”

The Colombian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it “strongly rejects this statement, which threatens the honor of the president.” For the institution, Milei’s statements “ignore and violate the deep ties of friendship, understanding and cooperation that have historically united Colombia and Argentina, and that have been reinforced over two centuries.”

On Thursday, in the program What happened to what happened?hosted by journalist Patricia Janiot, Milei referred to Petro as “a murderous communist who is sinking Colombia.”

In the interview, Milei also expressed opinions about former presidents of his country – Alberto Fernández, Mauricio Macri, Néstor Kirchner – and about other world leaders such as Donald Trump, former president and Republican candidate for the White House in the United States; Gabriel Boric, president of Chile, and Nayib Bukele, president of El Salvador, who will seek re-election in the elections on Sunday, February 4.

CNN has contacted Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship for comment and is awaiting a response.

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