Venezuela’s Maduro will totally open the border with Colombia
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) – Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro introduced Monday his intention to totally open border crossings with Colombia beginning Jan. 1, a measure repeatedly postponed after the restoration of diplomatic and commerce ties between the South American neighbors.
Relations between the nations broke down in 2019, however Maduro says the surroundings is conducive to enhancing relations with the election of Gustavo Petro as Colombia’s first left-wing president. The neighbors resumed diplomatic relations in September.
“I’ll announce that we will open the border with all of Western Venezuela to Colombia, for automobiles, bikes, vehicles, from January 1.” Maduro mentioned on state tv.
“We’re making ready every little thing to adjust to what we introduced, to meet what was promised to President Gustavo Petro,” he mentioned.
Petro acknowledged Maduro because the respectable president of Venezuela. His predecessor, Ivan Duque, together with dozens of different nations, mentioned Maduro returned to energy in 2018 in fraudulent elections.
Petro additionally promoted the reopening of the nations’ shared border on September 26. Symbolically, vehicles had been allowed to cross from each side of the border whereas personal automobiles and buses had been restricted.
Within the first week of November, the primary industrial flight in years by a Colombian airline arrived in Venezuela. For now, solely the small Colombian state airline Satena and Venezuela’s Terpial and Laser have permission to function the route from Venezuelan authorities.
Maduro didn’t specify whether or not this is able to change within the close to future.
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