Venezuela reopens the Simón Bolívar Bridge on the border with Colombia for pedestrians

The Venezuelan authorities have reopened the international Simón Bolívar Bridge to pedestrians and will allow movement between Venezuelan territory and neighboring Colombia after a year and seven months.

The Venezuelan government spokesman Fredy Bernal recalled that Caracas had already announced that it would reopen the bridge when 70 percent of citizens were vaccinated against COVID-19, reports Caracol Radio.

“(From Venezuela’s side) there are no physical, legal or political obstacles, now the decision to open the bridges rests with the Colombian government,” emphasized Bernal.

Venezuela reopens the Simón Bolívar Bridge on the border with Colombia for pedestrians
Venezuela reopens the Simón Bolívar Bridge on the border with Colombia for pedestrians

On the other hand, President Nicolás Maduro’s spokesman said that this process should have been discussed with the Colombian authorities, but regrets that they “disappeared” after a meeting.

“Unfortunately the Colombian authorities disappeared, we held a meeting and didn’t come back, they didn’t answer the phone, neither the National Tax and Customs Authority (DIAN) nor migration and we couldn’t wait forever for Colombia to think about closing sit down with us, “he criticized.

Now this border crossing will remain open from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (both local time). So far, passenger traffic has only taken place via the humanitarian corridor, which was reserved for students and the sick.

“We will form a random commission with the Venezuelan parliamentarians on relations,” said Colombian Senator Antonio Sanguino to the Colombian television station RCN.

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