Venezuela opens border crossings with Colombia

(TELESUR) – The border bridges between the Venezuelan state of Táchira and the Colombian department of Norte de Santander were reopened this Saturday for the passage of pedestrians as the president of that country, Nicolás Maduro, ordered the day before.

After almost four months closed, the border crossings with Colombia in the state of Táchira are already open.

The Venezuelan authorities allowed the border movement, closed since February 22, so that people can travel through the Simón Bolívar Bridge.

Both countries share a land border of 2,191 kilometers.

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The Táchira State Political Protector, Freddy Bernal, considered as a sign of solidarity, the reopening of the border crosswalks in Tachira State from this Saturday, June 8, 2019, as announced this Friday by President Nicolás Maduro.

“It is another example of solidarity with the noble Colombian people and exercise of sovereignty,” Bernal wrote in his account on the social network Twitter. “This will be our attitude beyond the aggressive behavior and lackey of @IvanDuque,” he wrote in another message. 

In his statements yesterday, Maduro said that the decision is made in “full right of sovereignty” of Venezuela and stressed that his country is a “people of peace”, which firmly defends its “independence and self-determination.”

Last February, the president ordered the closure of the border crossing due to “the serious and illegal threats” of the Government of Colombia, against “peace and sovereignty of Venezuela.”