Nicolás Maduro talks with Gustavo Petro about peace and the future between Venezuela and Colombia

The president of Venezuela, Nicholas Madurospoke this Wednesday with the elected president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro -who won the elections last Sunday-, on “peace and the prosperous future of both peoples”, whose governments have been at odds for years in the political arena.

“I spoke with the president-elect of Colombia, Gustavo Petroand, on behalf of the Venezuelan people, I congratulated him on his victory. We discussed the willingness to restore normalcy at the borders, various issues about peace and the prosperous future of both peoples,” Maduro said on Twitter.

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Earlier, Petro He had reported, on the same social network, that he had established contact with the Venezuelan government, without specifying with whom he communicated, with the purpose of opening the common border and “reestablishing the full exercise of human rights” in this busy border area .

The opening of the border is one of Petro’s campaign promises, which like his rival in the second round of Sunday’s elections, Rodolfo Hernández, assured that, if elected, he would take that step.

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The two countries share a 2,219-kilometer border that has been closed to vehicles since August 2015 by order of Maduro, who had previously expelled thousands of Colombians from that area.

Subsequently, on February 23, 2019, Maduro broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia amid escalating tensions over the recognition of his Colombian counterpart, Iván Duque, of the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, as interim president.

The Venezuelan crisis caused the exodus of millions of citizens of that country who cross the border on foot, either through official crossings or unguarded routes, and close to two million of them have settled in Colombia, where the Duque government offered a Temporary Protected Status.

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