After the “Border Agreement” event held in the Colombian city of Cúcuta.
He reiterated that the reopening of the border with Venezuela “will be soon, in the short term”, but that the “adequate security, global and diplomatic conditions” must be guaranteed in the first place.
During the meeting, the representatives of the governments of the two countries met, a step towards the restoration of the commercial relations of the two countries, broken since 2019, and the reopening of the international bridges, which by this Friday will be closed for 7 year.
For his part, Guillermo Reyes, Colombian Minister of Transport, indicated that what is fundamental to restore commercial relations between Colombia and Venezuela is mobility.
“Mobility is centered between the four bridges (connecting the two countries), all of which are in structural conditions for their use, both vehicular and pedestrian,” Reyes added.
The official assured that they are establishing “the budgets, in the hands of the National Roads Institute (Invías) for the repowering of the bridges, as well as for the necessary interventions that may be necessary”.
In addition, he visited the Tienditas International Bridge, which has not been released since its completion in 2016, with a cost of 36 million dollars and is located about 10 kilometers from the main border crossing, the Simon Bolivar Bridge.
He also indicated that “rail and river transport between the two nations will also be sought”, he said.
The governor of Norte de Santander, Silvano Serrano, said that “today begins the wait for the reopening of the border. It will be a progressive, safe and complete opening. We hope that these political and commercial relations will transcend the territories to generate development mechanisms that will reactivate trade”.
And the president of the Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Production (Fedecámaras), Carlos Fernández, said that it is “a cultural, scientific and commercial exchange between the two countries”.
“The idea is that we can become partners, like allies, in a more organic relationship that transcends commercial,” he said at the press conference.