The Washington administration is ready to cooperate with Gustavo Petro, the U.S. Secretary of State said in a statement.

The Washington administration is ready to cooperate with the elected President of Colombia Gustavo Petro. This is stated in a statement issued by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The head of the American Foreign Ministry congratulated the people of Colombia on holding “free and fair” elections. “We are ready to work with President-elect Petro to further strengthen relations between the United States and Colombia and move our countries towards a better future,” Blinken added.

Petro, who was previously a member of the leftist organization “M-19,” which led an armed struggle against the government, will become the first president of Colombia representing the left forces. According to the results of processing 99.99% of the ballots, he gets 50.44% of the votes. His rival Rodolfo Hernandez, representing his own political movement, the League of Anti-Corruption Rulers, which did not enter into an alliance with other parties, was supported by 47.31% of those who voted. Hernandez has already admitted defeat in the election.