Colombia Foreign Minister to Move to Top Defense Post

BOGOTA – Colombia’s overseas minister, Carlos Holmes Trujillo, will transfer to head the Defense Ministry, President Ivan Duque mentioned on Tuesday, the place he’ll give attention to on a regular basis safety and the struggle in opposition to armed teams and drug trafficking.

Trujillo will probably be changed by Claudia Blum, a former senator and United Nations ambassador, Duque mentioned.

Guillermo Botero resigned as protection minister final week within the midst of mounting political stress over alleged extrajudicial killings and the deaths of eight kids in a army bombing.

“We are pleased that Carlos Holmes Trujillo will take on this new task,” Duque mentioned in a televised assertion. “He will be in charge, of course, of confronting organized armed groups in all national territory.”

Trujillo’s expertise as mayor of town of Cali “puts him close to the reality of citizen security,” Duque added.

Trujillo, a former training and inside minister and ambassador to the European Union, has devoted a lot of his time period because the nation’s prime diplomat to denouncing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as a dictator and supporter of terrorism.

Colombia has repeatedly accused Maduro of providing protected haven to dissidents from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) insurgent group, who refused to demobilize below a 2016 peace deal, and guerrillas from the Nationwide Liberation Military (ELN).

The struggle in opposition to these teams could be simpler with out Maduro as Venezuela’s chief, Trujillo has mentioned.

Trujillo may even give attention to combating drug traffickers, destroying illicit cultivations of coca, the bottom ingredient in cocaine, and growing drug seizures, Duque mentioned.

Blum, a local of Cali and the primary girl to function president of the Colombian Senate, has “ample experience in political and international affairs,” Duque mentioned on Twitter in a while Tuesday.

She served as ambassador to the U.N. below former President Alvaro Uribe, Duque’s mentor.



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