Weekly Report - 29 September 2022 (WR-22-39)

Border reopening signals thaw in Colombo-Venezuelan relations

Seven years after Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro closed the Colombia-Venezuela border to vehicle traffic, his Colombian counterpart, President Gustavo Petro, stood on the Simón Bolívar international bridge on 26 September to watch the first lorries cross into Venezuela since 2015. The reopening of the border was one of Petro’s key campaign pledges, and is expected to deliver an economic uplift to both countries. It also offered further proof of how Maduro is managing to rehabilitate himself in the eyes of key regional players, despite ongoing concerns over human rights abuses under his authoritarian government.

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