This Wednesday, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States, after being sworn in before a judge of the country in Washington.
In Colombia, ex-president Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018) and Álvaro Uribe Vélez (2002-2010) have already spoken.
“All the best for the United States in the government of President Joe Biden. United States: Exemplary democracy and fundamental ally,” trilled former President Uribe.
All the best to the United States in the Administration of President Joe Biden.
United States: Exemplary Democracy and Fundamental Ally
– Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) January 20, 2021
For his part, former president Santos wrote on the same social network: “With a congratulatory hug we wish him all the best @JoeBiden. The world needs him.”
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It should be remembered that Joe Biden, when he served as Barack Obama’s vice president, was in Cartagena in 2016 for the first signing of the Peace Agreement with the FARC, while Santos was the president of Colombia.
For former President Santos, the arrival of Joe Biden to the presidency of the United States is an opportunity to open a process of transition towards democracy in Venezuela.
“Now is the time that we have a new government in the United States,” Santos said during a video conference at Sciences Po in Paris.
It is time now that we have a new government in the United States
The former president criticized the strategy carried out by the Donald Trump administration in Venezuela, with the support of the current Colombian government, of trying to overthrow Maduro with diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions.
“Maduro is probably stronger today than he was one or two years ago.”said Santos, who advocated a change of approach aimed at granting an honorable exit to the current Venezuelan president.
Santos recalled that he warned Trump that the military intervention in Venezuela was “the worst possible solution” and considered that now “the necessary conditions exist” for a peaceful transition in that country, which must be supported by the international community and the Venezuelan opposition.
The former Colombian president noted thatIn that sense, it would be important for Biden to also change his policy with Cuba, a country that, he said, “has great influence in Venezuela.”
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