Venezuela-Colombia border formally reopens-Xinhua

Venezuela-Colombia border formally reopens

Source: Xinhua

Editor: huaxia

2022-09-27 06:54:00

CARACAS, Sept. 26 (Xinhua) -- The border between Venezuela and Colombia was formally reopened Monday, after a symbolic act led by Colombian President Gustavo Petro and Venezuelan ministers at the Simon Bolivar Bridge linking the two countries.

Petro said he hoped the reopening would benefit the residents on each side, who for years had to risk passing through unauthorized crossings.

After the ceremony, trucks with merchandise began to cross the border, with aluminum material from Venezuela and a shipment of medicines from Colombia.

Earlier, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro commented on his Twitter account that "firm steps were taken to advance in the total and absolute opening of the border between brotherly peoples: Colombia and Venezuela. It is a historic and transcendental day!"

Since Petro took office in Colombia this year, Caracas and Bogota have progressively advanced in normalizing ties severed in 2019.