The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, told Colombian President Ivan Duque on Sunday that the increase in cocaine production is a problem inherited by his government.
Pompeo, who made a brief visit to Cúcuta, a city on the border with Venezuela, to see the crisis of the oil country up close, referred to the US alliance with Colombia in the fight against drug trafficking, whose results he has recently criticized. President Donald Trump.
"The United States will continue to work with you to put an end to the problem of coca production that you inherited," Pompeo told Duque, just four days after Trump questioned the results of the Colombian government's war on drugs.
On March 29 Trump accused Duque of not doing "anything" for his country in the fight against drugs, an assessment he reiterated on April 10 when he stated that "unfortunately, the drug business has grown 50% since who is there (in office) "the Colombian president.
According to a report from the White House released in the middle of last year, in 2017, when the president of Colombia was Juan Manuel Santos (2010-2018), the area planted with coca in the country reached a record of 209,000 hectares, while production Potential for pure cocaine rose to 921 metric tons.
Duke responded then, without mentioning Trump, who in the fight against drugs is accountable to the Colombian people and invoked the principle of co-responsibility by noting that in this effort works "hand in hand with countries that want to do this exercise of work shared".
"We know what we must do and the United States will do its part to reduce the demand for illegal drugs in our own country," the Secretary of State acknowledged on Sunday.
Pompeo also thanked Duque "for his commitment to Venezuela" as well as "his cooperation in regional issues such as the fight against narcotics and security" in the Americas.
The official stressed that the "unique relationship" of the United States with Colombia "goes far beyond" the fight against drugs and covers much broader aspects such as trade agreements and other commitments.