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Venezuela and Colombia agree to rebuild diplomatic relations | Conflict News

When Colombian President Gustavo Petro takes office next month, countries will nominate new ambassadors, officials said.

Colombia and Venezuela are working to rebuild diplomatic relations after years of tension, appointing new ambassadors to their respective capitals when Colombian President Gustavo Petro takes office next month, officials said. ..

The decision was announced in a joint declaration Thursday after a meeting between Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Carlos Faria and Colombia’s Foreign Minister Alvaro Leiva. Border City of San Cristobal.

“By appointing an ambassador and a diplomatic and consulate official, they have expressed their intention to proceed with a work plan for the gradual normalization of bilateral relations from August 7,” Leiva said. I read the statement aloud.

They also reaffirmed “their willingness to work together to ensure security and peace at the border between the two countries,” he added.

What is the relationship between Colombia and Venezuela? Rocky for years On a variety of issues, including the surge in the number of Venezuelan migrants crossing national common borders during the socio-economic crisis of their own country.

The 2,219 km (1,379 mile) border National Liberation Army (ELN) and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) Dissidents..

It fueled tensions between neighbors and with Colombia’s retiring president Ivan Duque Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro accused of containing armed groups Maduro’s claim Duque participated in an effort to overthrow his government.

Duque also refused to allow Maduro to be reelected in 2019, exacerbating the diplomatic rift.

But Petro becomes Colombia First Left President When he swore on August 7, he promised to restore his relationship with Venezuela.

Former rebel Petro also called on ELN to work with the government. Towards a ceasefire“The time of peace has come,” he said.

The country’s next foreign minister, Leiva, said Thursday’s meeting with Venezuelan counterparts was “historical” and discussed “gradual opening of borders.”

The border was closed from 2019 to October 2021, the embassies and consulates of both countries were closed, and flights between neighboring countries were grounded.

Colombia has been engaged in years of deadly armed violence among national security forces, right-wing paramilitary organizations, and left-wing rebel groups such as FARC.

Breakthrough report Released in June According to the National Truth Commission, at least 450,664 people were killed in nearly 60 years of conflict, and the victims were called “large and intolerable.”

As part of this, Venezuela has been plagued by political instability in recent years. According to UN statistics, economic turmoil, food and drug shortages, and violence have forced millions of people to leave the country.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/28/venezuela-and-colombia-agree-to-re-establish-diplomatic-ties Venezuela and Colombia agree to rebuild diplomatic relations | Conflict News

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