Colombia and Venezuela restore diplomatic relations

Colombian Ambassador Armando Benedetti met on Monday with Venezuelan authoritarian leader Nicolás Maduro at the Miraflores presidential palace in Caracas.

“At this hour, I am received by President Nicolas Maduro, to whom I present diplomatic documents in my capacity as Ambassador of Colombia to Venezuela. We spoke of the urgent need to rekindle the bonds of friendship that should never have been severed,” Benedetti tweeted, posting several photos. himself with Maduro.

Venezuelan Ambassador to Colombia Felix Plasencia is due to meet Colombian President Gustavo Petro in the coming days.

The two countries have not had diplomatic relations since 2019, when then Colombian President Ivan Duque recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate head of state.

However, Colombia and Venezuela were part of the same country in the 19th century and have deep historical and cultural ties.

The revival of relations with Venezuela was the campaign promise of Petro, who took office on August 7 and became the country’s first left-wing president. Petro also sought to establish international connections with new progressives such as the US Congressional Progressive Group.

Venezuela is one of the most outspoken opponents of US policy in the Western Hemisphere. Meanwhile, Colombia is a close ally of Washington, and US troops regularly conduct joint operations with their Colombian counterparts.

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