The international guests at the investiture of the elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, began to arrive this Friday in Bogotá, where next Sunday the inauguration ceremony of what will be the country’s first left-wing president will take place.
One of the first to arrive was the Foreign Minister of El Salvador, Félix Ulloa, who was received at the El Dorado International Airport by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia, Francisco Echeverri, the Foreign Ministry reported.
Echeverri also welcomed, at the Catam military base, annexed to El Dorado, the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Carlos França, who is scheduled to meet tomorrow with Colombia’s designated foreign minister, Álvaro Leyva, to discuss “the prospects for the bilateral agenda”, which is intense especially in the commercial area.
The head of the Ibero-American General Secretariat (Segib), Andrés Allamand, also arrived in Bogotá today; the interim executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Mario Cimoli, and former Paraguayan president Fernando Lugo.
A dozen heads of state are expected to attend Petro’s investiture, a list headed by King Felipe VI of Spain.
Among the presidents who will attend are those of Chile, Gabriel Boric; Argentina, Alberto Fernandez; Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso; Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benitez; Bolivia, Luis Arce; Dominican Republic, Luis Abinader; Panama, Laurentino Cortizo and Costa Rica, Rodrigo Chaves.
The first president to arrive will be the president of Honduras, Xiomara Castro, who is expected tonight in Bogotá.
Vice Minister Echeverri also received the Vice President of Iran, Seyed Mohammad Hosseini, at the airport; the Prime Minister of Curaçao, Gilmar Simon Pisas, representing the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Foreign Minister of Serbia, Nikola Selakovic. (YO)