After years, non-public autos begin crossing Colombia-Venezuela border once more By Reuters

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© Reuters. Kids play with their skateboards throughout the reopening of the Coronel Atanasio Girardot binational bridge after the normalization of diplomatic and financial relations between the governments of Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro, and Colombian preside

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URENA, Venezuela (Reuters) – Non-public autos began crossing between Colombia and Venezuela for the primary time in years on Sunday, marking the full opening of the shared border, along with cargo and other people which were transiting.

The complete opening of the frequent border follows years of tense relations between the 2 international locations which have eased after Colombian President Gustavo Petro, a leftist, took workplace in August final yr.

German Umana, Colombia’s commerce minister, instructed reporters on the crossing that the transfer can be constructive for the economies and societies of each international locations.

“We’ll by no means permit it once more,” Umana stated in reference to closure of the border.

Late final yr, Colombian and Venezuelan authorities licensed the opening of the crossing on the Atanasio Girardot bridge, often called Tienditas, the western Venezuelan border state Tachira state.

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