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“Colombia can be a great support for Venezuela in rebuilding its economy”: Ricardo Lozano, last Colombian ambassador in Caracas

  • Daniel Brown
  • BBC Mundo correspondent in Colombia

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With less than a week in power, the president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, has shaken a relationship with Venezuela that had been frozen for 6 years.

During the campaign, Petro promised to restore relations with the government of Nicolás Maduro, interrupted by differences with the governments of Juan Manuel Santos and, above all, Iván Duque.

Thursday, Petro and Maduro announced ambassadors for the other country: The Colombian chose Armando Benedetti, a veteran congressman with no ideological attachments, and the Venezuelan Félix Plasencia, former foreign minister of the moderate wing of Chavismo.

Previously, Petro appointed Álvaro Leyva, a veteran politician expert in peace negotiations, as foreign minister. The minister has already met with high-ranking Venezuelan officials and is now in Cuba investigating the resumption of negotiations with the National Liberation Army, a guerrilla group.

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