According to a statement released Monday by the UNASUR, Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro will allow Colombians who were deported during the August crackdown on border smuggling to return to the country and seek legal immigration status.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro moved to close the Colombian-Venezuela border in Amazonas state on Tuesday night, just 24 hours after having met with his Colombian counterpart. The border is the fourth to have been closed between the two countries over the past six weeks.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos agreed to “normalize relations” and work cooperatively Monday after a month-long spat over Venezuela’s closure of their shared border.
The Venezuelan government launched on Saturday a new registration program for Colombian nationals living in Venezulean territory, which forms part of the government’s ongoing efforts to combat xenophobia.
In the lead-up to talks with his Colombian counterpart, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro proposed a series of measures aimed at resolving the tense border conflict, including the sale of Venezuelan gasoline in the Colombian border city of Cucuta.