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Nicolás Maduro to be received by Gustavo Petro this weekend

This was reported by the Colombian media Noticentro CM&. The meeting is to begin the reestablishment of relations between both countries.

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"From the Miraflores Palace they are thinking about the visit of the president of Venezuela for a meeting with Petro," reported Colombian news outlet Noticentro CM&. However, the Casa de Nariño has neither confirmed nor denied the news.

The Colombian media was the first to have picked up the information of a possible meeting, which would take place in Bogotá on this Saturday or Sunday.

Although President Nicolás Maduro was not on the guest list for the inauguration, held on Sunday at the Plaza de Bolívar in the capital of the country, he did remain attentive.

"Here we are from home, we are watching the inauguration of Gustavo Petro. My congratulations to Colombia and Petro. There he is, the sword, Bolivar... I extend my hand to the people of Colombia to rebuild brotherhood on the basis of respect and love among peoples. A second opportunity for the peace of Colombia and Venezuela," Maduro said from Caracas.

"Let's take advantage of this second opportunity mentioned by the new president of Colombia for the sake of happiness and peace," he added.

The reestablishment of bilateral relations was one of the major campaign talking points for the new Colombian president, and he reiterated his support after his electoral triumph. 

In addition, on July 28, Alvaro Leyva, Petro's Minister of Foreign Affairs, was in the state of Táchira, on the border with Venezuela, to meet with his counterpart, Carlos Faria.

Leyva talked about the construction of a binational agenda that would start with the appointment of ambassadors, diplomatic and consular officials in Colombia.

"We ratified the willingness to consolidate cooperation and friendship with the review of all issues of binational interest. The willingness to join efforts to guarantee security in the border area of both countries was reaffirmed," said Leyva.

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