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LatinNews Daily - 05 October 2021

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In brief: Venezuela reopens its border with Colombia

* Venezuela has reopened its side of the border with Colombia, which has been closed to vehicles since August 2015 and to all travellers since February 2019 due to the breakdown in diplomatic relations between the two countries. Shipping containers that were used by the Venezuelan authorities to block bridges connecting the Colombian city of Cúcuta (Norte de Santander department) with the Venezuelan city of San Antonio del Táchira (Táchira state) were removed this morning. Venezuela’s Vice-President Delcy Rodríguez said that this would revive binational trade and boost the productive sectors in western Venezuela. Colombia’s President Iván Duque yesterday said that his government supports the reopening of the border, but that this must be “an orderly process”. Duque said that he had instructed Colombia’s tax and customs authority (Dian), the migration authority, and the security forces to “prepare to begin this gradual process as soon as possible”, whilst “first and foremost guaranteeing the security and biosecurity of the Colombian people.”