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Colombia Expels Argentine Diplomats Over President’s “Denigrating” Comments

Colombia has taken the significant step of ordering the expulsion of Argentine diplomats from its embassy, following what it

Colombia Expels Argentine Diplomats Over President’s “Denigrating” Comments

Colombia has taken the significant step of ordering the expulsion of Argentine diplomats from its embassy, following what it describes as “denigrating” remarks made by Argentine President Javier Milei about Colombian President Gustavo Petro. The decision, announced by Colombia’s foreign ministry on Wednesday, underscores the gravity of the situation arising from the controversial comments.

Milei’s remarks, reportedly made in an interview with news channel CNN, where he allegedly referred to President Petro as a “terrorist,” “murderer,” and “communist,” have caused uproar and strained diplomatic relations between the two nations. Although the full interview has yet to be aired, the snippets released have sparked considerable controversy.

In a statement, Colombia’s foreign ministry expressed deep concern over the erosion of trust resulting from the Argentine president’s comments. The ministry emphasized that such derogatory remarks not only undermine the dignity of President Petro, who was democratically elected but also tarnish the diplomatic ties between the two countries.

This isn’t the first time Milei’s inflammatory statements have sparked diplomatic tensions. In January, Colombia took the rare step of recalling its ambassador to Argentina following similar remarks by Milei. The repeated nature of these incidents underscores the seriousness with which Colombia regards the issue.

President Petro, Colombia’s first leftist president and a former member of the M-19 guerrilla movement, has faced criticism and controversy throughout his political career. However, the recent comments by Milei have escalated tensions between the two South American nations.

Furthermore, Milei’s interview reportedly included criticism of other regional leaders, including Mexico’s Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, indicating a broader pattern of provocative rhetoric targeting prominent figures in the region.

The expulsion of Argentine diplomats marks a significant diplomatic escalation, reflecting Colombia’s firm stance against what it perceives as unwarranted attacks on its leadership. The incident highlights the delicate nature of diplomatic relations in the region and the potential consequences of inflammatory remarks by public figures.

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