President Gustavo Petro ruled out the possibility of meeting his counterpart, Nicolás Maduro, on September 26 at the reopening of the border between Colombia and Venezuela. Representatives of both states were expected to meet there, but the Colombian president ruled out that said appointment was included in his agenda.
“No, that’s not on the agenda right now,” Petro said when the director of the Spanish newspaper El País, Jan Martínez Ahrens, asked him about the possibility of meeting with Nicolás Maduro.
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for now, Petro slammed the door on the announcement made by Transport Minister Guillermo Reyes. The official had assured that the leaders were going to meet at the reopening event on September 26. At the meeting, the heads of state would talk about international trade, migration and the 14 armed groups that operate in joint territories.
“On the 26th, the two presidents, President Nicolás Maduro and our president Gustavo Petro, may, at a point to be determined, surely at the Simón Bolívar Bridge, be part of this opening plan,” Guillermo Reyes had said.
During this week the authorities of both countries advance in the adaptations of infrastructure and logistics for the reopening of the border. The Colombian ambassador to Venezuela, Armando Benedetti, had assured that with the reopening the binational infrastructure would be restored and the National Border Centers would be adapted.
The Venezuelan-Colombian Chamber of Economic Integration (Cavecol) assured that the reopening would generate, until December 31, 1,200 million dollars for the two countries.