Petro asks Duque to suspend aircraft purchase

Bogotá, Colombia.- The elected President of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, asked the current President Iván Duque to suspend the purchase of aircraft.

“Any plane that is bought for public institutions in these weeks is sold again. I ask President Duque to suspend those purchases,” said the leftist leader.

Last month, the President of Ecuador, Guillermo Lasso, publicly said that they sold a plane to the Government of Colombia for 8 million dollars.

“This money will be invested in the C130 plane that will serve to transport Ecuadorian military troops,” Lasso said.

But Duque then pointed out that the purchase of the aircraft, which would be destined for the Air Force, was suspended.

“No negotiation has been finalized, no plane has been paid for and no plane will be bought during my government,” the President stated.

However, according to the Colombian newspaper EL TIEMPO, sources from the National Police told him that “since January an agreement was signed for the purchase of six planes in a process of needs raised since 2016”, and of which they have already been acquired. three.

Duke and Petro will have their first meeting

Meanwhile, it was reported that Duque and Petro will meet tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. at the Casa de Nariño.

Before, the left-wing leader and his running mate Francia Márquez will receive the credentials as President and Vice President-elect from the Registrar’s Office and the National Electoral Council.

Tomorrow will be the first in-person meeting between Duque and Petro since they were rivals in the electoral contest four years ago.

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