By Oliver Griffin and Luis Jaime Acosta
BOGOTA (Reuters) -Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro on Friday met with representatives of U.S. President Joe Biden's administration in Bogota, the Colombian capital, the place they mentioned subjects together with drug trafficking, the setting and financial growth.
Petro, a 62-year-old economist who will turn out to be Colombia's first leftist chief subsequent month, has been roundly vital of the U.S.-led conflict on medicine and was elected on guarantees to deal with deep inequality and local weather change and to hunt peace with remaining leftist rebels.
"It is a constructive assembly as a result of it exhibits the curiosity that exists within the authorities of the US in Latin America and in Colombia," Petro informed journalists, as he was accompanied by U.S. principal deputy nationwide safety adviser Jon Finer.
The dialog between Petro's crew and the U.S. delegation targeted on a full vary of subjects, Finer informed reporters, together with local weather change, financial growth and counter-narcotics.
Colombia is a high producer of cocaine and faces fixed strain from Washington to eradicate drug crops and deal with drug trafficking.
Petro and the Andean nation's fact fee have criticized the U.S.-led conflict on medicine, with the latter urging Colombia's president-elect to steer a world dialog on altering drug insurance policies, with a deal with regulation over criminalization.
Although Finer hailed talks with Petro and his crew as constructive, he informed journalists at a later briefing that there would all the time be areas of disagreement, as in any of the U.S.'s relationships.
"America and the Biden administration shouldn't be supportive of decriminalization," Finer stated.
Petro has additionally raised issues in Washington over his outreach to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who's below U.S. sanctions. The 2 have mentioned reestablishing regular relations at their nations' border.
The Biden administration will proceed to acknowledge Venezuelan opposition chief Juan Guaido, Finer stated, including that restarting talks between Maduro's authorities and Venezuela's opposition might be a key focus for Petro and the US.
"We predict that additionally might be an space of frequent floor with the incoming administration, whether or not or not they take a unique method to their predecessors, as they've stated they'll, to a recognition and normalization with Maduro," he stated.
(Reporting by Oliver Griffin and Luis Jaime AcostaEditing by Alistair Bell and Leslie Adler)