The US wants to "strengthen" the relationship with Petro in Colombia

Washington, June 19 (EFE).- The US Secretary of State, Anotny Blinken, congratulated Colombians on Sunday for the presidential elections won by the leftist Gustavo Petro and wished to “strengthen” the relationship with the future Government of the South American country.

“We look forward to working with President-elect Petro to further strengthen the relationship between the United States and Colombia, and lead our nations toward a better future,” Blinken said in a statement.

The head of US diplomacy also congratulated “the people of Colombia for making their voices heard in free and fair presidential elections.”

He also stressed that both countries share values ​​and interests in terms of democracy, security, economy and human rights, and claimed that the cooperation between Washington and Bogotá has made it possible to “improve” public health, the rule of law and the environment in the region.

The left will gain access to the Presidency of Colombia for the first time after the triumph obtained this Sunday in the second electoral round by the former guerrilla and former mayor of Bogotá Gustavo Petro, of the Historical Pact coalition.

With 98.22% of the polling stations informed, Petro obtained 11,115,965 votes, equivalent to 50.51%, while his rival, the independent populist Rodolfo Hernández, of the League of Anticorruption Governors, reached 10,391,504 votes (the 47.22%).

Blinken met last Wednesday in Washington with the outgoing president of Colombia, the conservative Iván Duque, who during his tenure has made several trips to the United States to strengthen relations with the North American country.

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