Venezuela and Colombia restore full diplomatic ties

Deutsche Welle reports: Venezuela and Colombia dispatched ambassadors to each other’s capitals on Sunday to rebuild relations between the two countries that have been broken for more than three years.

The normalization process should include the full reopening of the border, which has remained largely closed to vehicles.

The new Colombian ambassador, Armando Benedetti, was welcomed in the Venezuelan capital of Caracas by Deputy Foreign Minister Rander Pena Ramirez.

“Relations with Venezuela should never have been severed. We are brothers and an imaginary line cannot separate us,” Benedetti said.

His appointment was only made possible by the election of Colombia’s first-ever leftist president, Gustavo Petro, who expressed his intention to normalize diplomatic relations with Venezuela after he took office earlier this month.

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