Former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani said Monday in an interview with Caracol Radio that Colombia has done more than any other government to combat drugs and terrorism.
Giuliani, who is in Colombia to attend a security forum, commended the governments of former President Alvaro Uribe and current President Juan Manuel Santos for their steps in fighting the drugs and terrorism.
“If we had the same effort in the rest of the world that we had in Colombia I think we would be overcoming this problem a lot faster, both the problem of drug trafficking and terrorism,” Giuliani said. “The effort in Colombia has been heroic and enormously effective.”
New York’s former mayor also spoke about the continued threat of terrorism that faces the U.S. and all regions of the world.
The former mayor also spoke out against legalization of marijuana, and said that he opposed possible legalization in California.
“Decent governments should be about improving the lives of their citizens, not encouraging them to destroy their lives,” Giuliani said.
He also called Colombia a strong ally of the United States, and expressed his support of the pending free trade agreement between the two countries. Giuliani will meet later today with President Santos.