After the “Border Agreement” event held in the Colombian city of Cúcuta, the Colombian Germán Umaña reiterated that the reopening of the border with Venezuela “will be soon, in the short term”, but that the “adequate conditions security, global and diplomatic” must be guaranteed first.
At the event, government officials from both countries met as part of a step towards restoring trade relations between the two countries, broken since 2019. This will also mean the reopening of international bridges, closed for seven years. from Friday August 19th.
For his part, Guillermo Reyes, Colombian Minister of Transport, said that mobility is what is fundamental to restore commercial relations between Colombia and Venezuela.
“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 said that they are working out “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”.
Additionally, he visited the Tienditas International Bridge, which has not been used since its completion in 2016 at a cost of $36 million 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”.
“Today begins the expectation for the reopening of the border. It will be a gradual, safe and complete opening. We hope that these political and commercial relations will transcend territories to generate development mechanisms that will reactivate trade,” said Silvano Serrano, the governor. North of Santander.
The president of the Venezuelan Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Production (Fedecámaras), Carlos Fernández, described the restoration of relations as important for “a cultural, scientific and commercial exchange between the two countries”.
“The idea is that we can become partners, as allies, in a more organic relationship that transcends the commercial,” he said at the press conference.