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Colombia Expels Argentine Diplomats After Far-Right President Javier Milei Insults Leftist Leaders

HeadlineMar 29, 2024

Colombia has expelled its Argentine diplomats as tensions between Argentine President Javier Milei and his leftist Latin American counterparts reached new heights this week. Excerpts from a new CNN interview with Milei show the right-wing leader lashing out at Colombian President Gustavo Petro and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador and attacking Venezuela and Cuba.

President Javier Milei: “The butchery in Venezuela is unheard of, same with the jail that is Cuba. There are other cases that are on their way to becoming like Venezuela, such as Colombia with Mr. Petro. We cannot expect much from someone who was a murderer, terrorist and communist.”

Milei was referencing Petro’s history as a former member of the M19 rebel movement. Milei also called López Obrador “ignorant.” Among other things, the leaders are at odds over their support for Israel. Milei is a staunch supporter of Israel, while Petro earlier this week threatened to sever diplomatic ties with Israel if it ignores the U.N. Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

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