Blinken recognizes that, in the fight against drug trafficking, the United States must reduce the demand for drugs

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State on his visit to Colombia.

Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State on his visit to Colombia.

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On a very different speech given by other U.S. officials, who tend to focus on crop eradication, Antony Blinken, US Secretary of State assured that, to fight drug trafficking, you have to address the roots of the problem, such as inequity, or “Reduce the demand from the United States, which is what is fueling all the illicit activity”.

Upon his arrival in Colombia, Blinken held a joint press conference with President Iván Duque. There he addressed the issues to be discussed in his visit to the country, among which are also the migration crisis and climate change.

“We are going to focus on attack the roots of drug trafficking and other challenges such as inequity, corruption, impunitydad (…) and that means investing in prevention and recovery for those who are fighting addiction, ”said the leader of US diplomacy.

In addition, he advocated “investing in young people so that they do not succumb to the temptations of drugs, and training judges and prosecutors as well as having laws that prevent corruption from undermining the trust of citizens.”

This is Blinken’s first visit as Secretary of State to Colombia.

With information from EFE.

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