The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, announced this Friday that next September 26 there will be a “opening” of the border with Venezuela, with the resumption of the air connection and cargo transport, one more step towards the full normalization of the relations that were broken in 2019.
“On September 26 we will open the border between Colombia and Venezuela. As a first step, the air connection and cargo transport between our countries will be resumed”Petro detailed on his Twitter account, while his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, announced it on the same social network.
Petro stressed that this step confirms “the Government’s commitment to re-establish brotherly relations” with Venezuelacountry with which Colombia share a border of 2,219 kilometers.
“I am very happy to announce that as of #26Sep we will jointly open the borders between Venezuela and Colombia. In addition, we will resume flights between Caracas-Bogotá and Valencia-Bogotá. The exchange and cooperation between our peoples restart on the right foot”stated Maduro for his part.
In this way, the two presidents put an end to the expectation created in the last Colombian presidential campaign, in which Petro promised to restore diplomatic relations with Venezuelaalthough without giving a date on when the borders would open.
Precisely last month, seven years have passed since the closure of the border to vehicular passage ordered by Ripe in 2015 amid political tensions with the government of then Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Subsequently, on February 23, 2019, Ripe He broke diplomatic relations after the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, supported by the then Colombian president, Iván Duque, tried to enter Venezuela at the head of a humanitarian aid caravan that left the Colombian city of Cúcuta.
In the first weeks of the Government of Petrothe two countries announced the reestablishment of relations and appointed ambassadors in Caracas and Bogotá, although Maduro asked that the process towards the long-awaited reopening “be more slowly” and safely, taking into account drug trafficking in the border area.
Petro appointed former senator Armando Benedetti to that position, while Ripe appointed former Foreign Minister Félix Plasencia, and both have already presented the respective credentials to the two leaders.