After the first joint meeting between the outgoing president Iván Duque and the elected Gustavo Petro took place this Thursday, Colombia woke up with another political news that draws attention because it constitutes the meeting of the two most bitter political enemies it has seen the country in recent years.
Former President Álvaro Uribe announced that he will go to the meeting called by Petro, and reported it through his Twitter account, admitting that he will do so despite the fact that the two have “different visions of the same country.”
I appreciate the invitation from President Gustavo Petro.
I will attend the meeting on behalf of the Democratic Center. They are different visions of the same country.
– Álvaro Uribe Vélez (@AlvaroUribeVel) June 24, 2022
The former president also recalled a trill that he published on June 19 in which he maintained that “to defend democracy it is necessary to abide by it”, recognizing that Petro “is the President”, for which he assured: “Let us be guided by a feeling: Colombia first.
Uribe’s announcement auspices, at least in principle, a new way of seeing the country, tolerant, willing to listen to the contender, which is, without a doubt, the manifestation of a mature democracy, which, as pointed out by the Uribe himself only has Colombia in his sights.
This attitude also clears up the uncertainties that had been shaped by Petro’s election and sends a clear message to the entire country in the sense that there is a willingness to dialogue, even though Uribe and Petro represent two diametrically opposed ways of seeing politics and the exercise of power.
Uribe’s decision draws attention because he agrees to meet with Petro, who is at the opposite end of the political spectrum, but he did not do so with Juan Manuel Santos (except at the meeting that Pope Francis called them). With Santos he did not consider the idea of homeland that today moves him to see Petro.
Although it is clear that nothing between the two ways of seeing the country is resolved with a meeting, the fact that Uribe has said yes also makes one wonder what loyal bishops of his, such as María Fernanda Cabal and Paloma Valencia, among others, are feeling that they launch permanent attacks on Petro.