Colombia and Venezuela reestablish diplomatic relations

Colombian ambassador Armando Benedetti achieved on Monday with Venezuelan authoritarian chief Nicolas Maduro at Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

“At this hour I’m received by President Nicolas Maduro, to whom I existing diplomatic papers as Colombia’s ambassador in Venezuela. We talked about the urgency to revive friendship ties that should really have in no way been severed,” Benedetti stated on Twitter, submitting numerous photographs of himself with Maduro.

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Venezuela’s ambassador to Colombia, Felix Plasencia, is scheduled to satisfy Colombian President Gustavo Petro in the future times.

The two countries have not had diplomatic relations because 2019, when Colombia’s then-president Ivan Duque identified opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela’s authentic head of state.

However, Colombia and Venezuela were portion of the similar country in the 19th century and share deep historic and cultural ties.

Reviving the marriage with Venezuela was a campaign guarantee of Petro, who took business office on August 7 and is the country’s initial remaining-wing president. Petro has sought to also make global ties with new progressives, these types of as the United States’ Congressional Progressive Caucus.

Venezuela is one particular of the most outspoken foes of US coverage in the western hemisphere. Colombia meanwhile is a close ally to Washington, and US troops routinely carry out joint operations with their Colombian counterparts.

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