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Presidents Hugo Ch?vez and Juan Manuel Santos Meet in Caracas

On Tuesday the President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, received his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos at the Miraflores Presidential Place, seat of the Venezuelan government, to hold a second official meeting between the two. During the visit, both leaders will discuss commercial ties, border security, infrastructure development, and social issues.

The Venezuelan president pled for the strengthening of bilateral relations and expressed his will to see bonds between Venezuela and Colombia bonds remain unaffected by external forces. President Chávez reiterated the spirit of fraternity between both peoples, united by the same founding father, the Liberator Simón Bolívar. “We hope these relations to be politically, economically, socially, and culturally integral for our peoples,” he said.

“In spite of all the political and ideological differences, the commitment and challenge for the unity of both governments must prevail,” highlighted the Venezuelan head of state.

Colombia’s President Santos celebrated the reestablishment of the integration between both countries, and expressed his will to further strengthen relations.

“I would like to ratify this agreement between Venezuelan and Colombia now, 71 years later. Both countries have to work together, it is our obligation, because that’s how our people will benefit,” said Santos.

After restoring diplomatic relations during a meeting held in August in the city of Santa Marta, Colombia, both heads of state created five working groups.

“We want those commissions to have concrete and successful results,” highlighted the Colombian president. Santos also expressed the friendship and respect of the Colombian people for their Venezuelan counterparts.

RNV/AVB/ Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S. / November 2, 2010

 
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