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Colombian Ambassador to Venezuela Announces Summit between Petro and Maduro

Colombian Ambassador to Venezuela Announces Summit between Petro and Maduro

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THE VENEZUELAN and Colombian governments are making progress in coordinating the first meeting between tyrant Nicolás Maduro and President Gustavo Petro, initially planned for October, the ambassador of the coffee-growing country, Armando Benedetti, informed on Tuesday in Caracas.

“We are planning to see if it can take place in October,” said Benedetti in statements to the press, after leaving a meeting with the president of the Venezuelan National Parliament, Jorge Rodríguez, at the Legislative headquarters.

The Colombian diplomat has been in Caracas since last Sunday and presented his credentials on Monday to Maduro, who bet on an “unbreakable” union between both countries, whose diplomatic relations were reestablished this month after a three and a half year break.

For his part, the highest representative of the Parliament recalled the “historic relations” between both nations and said that they must work so that those who live on the border can “feel much better the relations that are being undertaken now”.

He also stressed that they are working with the Colombian Congress to set a date for an inter-parliamentary meeting.

The Parliaments of both nations agreed in the middle of the month to join the work plan discussed by the Executives for the reestablishment of commercial and diplomatic relations.

This plan contemplates the summoning of the Foreign Policy Commissions of Colombia and Venezuela, the boards of directors of the Parliaments and special commissions of deputies of the border area, to hold meetings of “binational character in the next few days”.

Colombia and Venezuela, which share a border of 2,219 kilometers, had no diplomatic relations since they were broken on February 23, 2019 by order of Maduro in the midst of escalating tensions with his Colombian peer at the time, Iván Duque, due to the latter’s support for opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

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