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“Tiendo mi mano” a Petro, says Maduro tras investidura del presidente de Colombia

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Caracas (AFP) – El presidente de Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, felicitó este domingo a su homólogo colombiano Gustavo Petro, tras assuming power, y reiteró su disposibilidad a reconstruir la relaciones con su vecino, rotas por años de tensionses.

“Tiendo mi mano al pueblo de Colombia, al presidente Gustavo Petro, para reconstruir la mandad sobre la base del respeto y de amor entre los pueblos”, dijo Maduro in a video recorded from his residence in Caracas and published on his social networks.

Maduro was not invited to the investiture ceremony of the Colombian Prime Minister of the Left. El gobierno saliente de Iván Duque, enemigo acerrimo del mandatario chavista, was el encargado de las invitaciones internacionales.

Maduro broke relations with Colombia in 2019 after Duque announced his reelection and backed the proclamation of opposition leader Juan Guaidó as president in charge of the country.

The official restoration of relations is expected in the next few days, an approach that according to Maduro will be “for the peace of Colombia and the peace of Venezuela”.

“Ahí estábamos, la espada, Bolívar, la historia”, said Maduro de traje deportivo junto al televisor por donde siguió el acto. “Una segunda oportunidad, dice el presidente Petro, hay que aprovecharla”, siguió Maduro, citando el discurso del mandatario colombiano en la Plaza de Bolívar de Bogotá.

“Felicidades a toda Colombia, felicidades presidente Petro, ¡suerte!, que Dios lo bendiga”.

Both governors spoke on the phone after the second round of June 19, and on July 28, Chancellor Álvaro Leyva met with his counterpart Carlos Faría in the Venezuelan state of Táchira, where one of the most important border crossings between Venezuela is located. y Colombia, cerrado por las tensions.

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En el encuentro agreed the gradual normalization of binational relations from August 7 with the appointment of ambassadors and other diplomatic and consular officials.

Los roces diplomáticos condujeron al cierre de fronteras por largos periods, permitiendo solo el paso pedestrian.

The investment was accompanied in the border city of San Antonio (Táchira) by businessmen, who are anxiously awaiting the reopening of commerce, and sympathizers who also enjoyed a concert “for peace and life” on one of the international bridges.