Colombian President Gustavo Petro travels to Caracas this Saturday to hold a “extraordinary bilateral meeting” with his Venezuelan counterpart, Nicolas Maduro, official sources reported.
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The Colombian Presidency He pointed out that the meeting will be at 1 pm, although the issue that the two leaders will discuss in their second meeting after the one that took place in the Venezuelan capital at the beginning of November 2022 was not reported.
“It will be the second visit that President Gustavo Petro makes to Caracas after relations between Colombia and Venezuela were restored. I will be accompanying you with the conviction to continue working for a common agenda between two sister nations“, the Colombian ambassador in Caracas, Armando Benedetti, wrote on Twitter.
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Today will be the second visit made by the president @petrogustavo to Caracas after relations between Colombia and Venezuela were restored. I will be accompanying him, with the conviction of continuing to work for a common agenda between two sister nations.
— Armando Benedetti (@AABenedetti) January 7, 2023
This extraordinary bilateral meeting will also be held six days after the governments of both countries put into operation the Atanasio Girardot binational bridge, also known as Tienditas, which connects the department of Norte de Santander with the state of Táchira, which represents a further step in the normalization of their relations.
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Diplomatic relations between the two countries, which had been broken in February 2019, were reestablished at the end of August 2022, and the commercial reopening took place on September 26 with the reactivation of the passage through two other border bridges, the Simón Bolívar and the Francisco de Paula Santander.
Venezuela is also, along with Cuba and Norway, one of the guarantor countries of the peace negotiations with the guerrillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN)) and main headquarters of the dialogues.
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Petro’s visit to Caracas also takes place on the eve of a trip that he will undertake on Sunday, January 8, to Santiago de Chile, where the Colombian president will meet, on Monday, August 9, with his Chilean counterpart, Gabriel Boric, as well as with the presidents of the two legislative chambers of that country.