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Relations between the USA and Colombia raise questions

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Relations between the USA and Colombia raise questions

Washington, Jun 24 (Prensa Latina) Gustavo Petro's victory in Colombia raises deep questions about the course of US policy towards its main ally in the region, commentators and media outlets report.
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A report published by the Politico daily defines the situation as Biden’s new juggling act in Latin America: how to handle the new president of Colombia.

The ties between the United States and its main regional ally, extraterritorial partner and, according to experts, NATO’s land aircraft carrier in its expansionist plans in Latin America, could be put to the test with the election of a leftist leader.

Written by Sabrina Rodriguez, Politico’s national correspondent, the report notes that the victory of the left in Colombia marked a historic turning point but it could also become a problem for President Biden.

The win poses new challenges for Washington since it can readjust the alliance between both countries, which has been supported by both parties for decades.

Petro’s victory caused a stir among conservatives and some moderates, but the Biden administration appears to be taking a cautious approach, seeking points of shared interest.

In private, according to the analysis, the administration sees some opportunities amid challenges. Officials of the National Security Council and the Department of State, who had been preparing for this moment for months, believe that there are scenarios in which both governments might find a common ground.

Ultimately, the course of the relation will depend on Petro, Dan Restrepo, one of Barack Obama’s main Latin America advisors, said.

He pointed out that, unlike others, neither Biden nor his team are prejudging or foreseeing where this will go. They will compromise. More compromise makes sense in times of political change.

However, the response to the election of Petro was negative in Florida, where the most conservative right-wing Latin American community resides.

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