Venezuela to Reopen Border with Colombia

Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodriguez announced on Monday that it would reopen its land borders with Colombia after a nearly three-year closure due to political tensions.

Rodriguez stated that cross-border commerce between the two countries would restart on Tuesday, saying that the moment had come to “turn the page.”

Venezuela closed the border in February 2019 when the opponents, supported by Bogota and Washington, tried to bring humanitarian assistance into the country across the country’s land border with Colombia, despite President Nicolas Maduro’s wishes.

Rodriguez also said that they had to think about their people, so they decided the cooperation with Colombia.

“Thinking of our people, in the brotherhood and cooperation between the people of Colombia and Venezuela, [Maduro] has taken the decision to open the crossing for commerce,” Rodriguez said.

Colombian President Ivan Duque said that Maduro was compelled to open the border by “democratic resistance,” referencing Venezuela’s opposition. He stated that the reopening would take place in an “orderly fashion.”

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