(ANSA) – CARACAS, 29 JUL – Colombia and Venezuela have announced their will to “progressively” re-establish their diplomatic relations “progressively”, starting from the inauguration of Gustavo Petro as the Colombian presidency on 7 August, since 2019, when Bogota decided not to recognize the legitimacy of the new mandate of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.
An announcement in this sense was made official in an official statement published at the end of a meeting yesterday in the Venezuelan state of Tachira between the future Colombian foreign minister, Alvaro Leyva, and his colleague from Venezuela, Carlos Faria.
. “It was a great pleasure – assured Leyva – to be here in the company of the governor of Táchira (Freddy Bernal) and the foreign minister Faría”. The two ministers undertook to start, starting from 7 August, a process of “progressive normalization of diplomatic and consular relations” and to “consolidate the bonds of friendship and cooperation with the revision of all issues of bilateral interest for the benefit of happiness. of our peoples “.
For his part, Venezuelan Faría indicated that this also means a “gradual opening of the border, an aspect that will directly benefit our peoples”. It must be remembered, he continued, that Venezuela and Colombia have “a father of the common homeland (Simón Bolívar, ed.) Who liberated our nations and exalted the historical bond that our peoples have”.
Venezuela and Colombia, which share a 2,200-kilometer border, have not had diplomatic relations since 2019, after outgoing Colombian President Iván Duque failed to recognize Maduro’s legitimacy after the 2018 elections.
Duque has since supported opposition leader Juan Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela together with the United States and numerous Western countries. (HANDLE).