From Mexico, Gustavo Petro invited us to rethink the fight against drugs: “Why do we have to accept a failed policy that is killing us?”

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Upon his arrival in the Aztec country, the head of state was cheered by his compatriots residing in that nation, who shouted: “Yes, it was possible!” and “Viva Petro” and later the national anthem was sung

From Mexico, Gustavo Petro invited to rethink the fight against drugs: “Why do we have to accept a failed policy What is killing us?”

In his first official visit as Head of State to Mexico, the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, confirmed that the issues of migration, anti-drug policy and the climate crisis are those that make up the agenda that he will discuss this Friday with his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Workshop. Photo: Presidency.

After his arrival in Mexican territory, on the night of this Thursday, October 24, the President of the Republic, Gustavo Petro Urrego,< /b> delivered a speech where he gave details of some of his objectives on his official State visit to that country and took the opportunity to leave a message to the Colombians residing in the Aztec nation.

In the first instance, the Head of State reiterated his thesis that < b>the fight against drugs failed and for this reason he urged the Government of Mexico, and its counterparts from other nations, to work together on a strategy to tackle the situation.

“We want to call Mexico together with us to hold a conference of presidents of the highest Latin American level around a change in drug policy,” Petro said.

From Mexico, Gustavo Petro invited to rethink the fight against drugs: “Why do we have to accept a failed policy What is killing us?”

During his first official visit as Head of State to Mexico, the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, confirmed that the issues of migration, anti-drug policy and the climate crisis are those that make up the agenda that he will discuss this Friday with his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Presidency.

Likewise, he assured that he wants to leave a precedent for some issues that, in his opinion, should be dealt with among all the countries of Latin America. Some of these concepts were some of those that he delivered in his first speech before the United Nations (UN) General Assembly.

“These are topics to talk about: migration, anti-drug policy, the climate crisis, are the agendas that Latin America should build today, through its governments, its societies, its its political forces; and my interview this Friday with President López has to do with this”, the president stated.

In other parts of his statement, Petro reiterated that Latin America is the most violent region in the world and that, despite the fact that all days the war between Russia and Ukraine is documented, more attention should be paid to the crisis that, in his opinion, faces the region.

“Fear has generated an extreme right that is growing more in the north as it grew in 1933. It advances because society is full of fear, the fear of immigrants is against us,” declared the President.

Regarding the discrimination that compatriots have faced in Mexico, the head of state attributed this situation to what happens in the Darien Gap, on the border between Colombia and Panama, where thousands of Colombians spend every day to look for better opportunities in other nations. “That's why they don't treat Colombians well here, because they think they're going to cross the Rio Grande”,said the president before several Colombians who celebrated his first arrival as president of Colombia in that North American nation.

From Mexico, Gustavo Petro invited to rethink the fight against drugs: “Why do we have to accept a failed policy What is killing us?”

During his first official visit as Head of State to Mexico, the President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, confirmed that the issues of migration, anti-drug policy and the climate crisis are those that make up the agenda that he will discuss this Friday with his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Photo: Presidency.

Along these lines, Petro assured that this migratory factor also responds to the climate crisis that the world is experiencing. In fact, he suggested that citizens leaving Colombia want to go to other countries of the containment to have easy access to water. For this reason, he reiterated that his government will take actions to stop hunger and other factors that, in his opinion, affect the migratory problem.

“The climate crisis can wipe out everything, the South and the North; the south ends first, the islands, and then the mainland. The land will continue, but life will be affected in such a way that no one can guarantee today that their children live better than their parents. If one looks carefully at the climate crisis, what would have to be affirmed is the opposite: the degradation of life has started,” added the Colombian president.

From Mexico, Gustavo Petro invited to rethink the fight against drugs: “Why do we have to accept a failed policy What is killing us?”

President Petro travels to Mexico to meet with López Obrador, leader of that nation since 2018. Photo: archive.

In other parts of his statement, Petro attacked events that seek to fight the environment, such as COP27, but which from his perspective have not brought the expected results. “A species that faces its own extinction, and he is aware of this, he should be placing as a priority of his action the option of not becoming extinct and of continuing to live”, he mentioned.

Several of the issues that the president from Colombia mentioned this Thursday night from Mexico will be exposed in a few hours when he sits down for breakfast with his counterpart, Andrés Manuel López Obrador. The full speech below: