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Venezuela and Colombia to Reopen Border, Reestablish Consulates

Foreign Ministers Carlos Faria Álvaro Leyva, appointed by President Gustavo Petro, held a meeting in San Cristóbal, located in the border state of Táchira

Álvaro Leyva, foreign minister appointed by Gustavo Petro and Freddy Bernal, governor of Táchira in Venezuela
July 28, 2022 | 05:50 pm

Caracas — The Colombian-Venezuelan border will be opened gradually after new Colombia’s President Gustavo Petro takes office in August, according to a joint statement issued by the foreign ministers of the two countries and broadcasted on Venezuela state-owned television.

Carlos Faria, foreign minister of Nicolás Maduro’s administration, and Álvaro Leyva, a representative of the Colombian foreign ministry appointed by Petro, held a meeting in the city of San Cristóbal.

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The meeting, which was also attended by the governor of the state, Freddy Bernal, for the United Socialist Party of Venezuela, discussed the re-establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, with the forthcoming re-establishment of consulates and the appointment of ambassadors.

In July, Colombian and Venezuelan businessmen led a forum in Norte de Santander, as a means of pressure for economic recovery at the border crossings. Although no specific date was set, Colombian congressman Gabriel Becerra assured that the opening would take place on 8 August, after Petro’s swearing-in.

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Once Petro was victorious in the Colombian presidential elections on 19 June, Chavista people, including Nicolás Maduro, celebrated the victory and extended their congratulations on social media, predicting a new path for diplomatic relations.

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