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Petro Upends Colombia Diplomacy by Reaching out to Venezuela

  • President-elect seeks to end diplomatic impasse with Maduro
  • Border closure boosted smuggling and organized crime
Gustavo Petro
Gustavo PetroPhotographer: Nathalia Angarita/Bloomberg
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Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro spoke to Venezuela’s government about reopening the border between the countries, likely heralding the end of a long diplomatic impasse and the reactivation of trade.

Petro, who will be sworn in Aug. 7, said he plans to “restore the full exercise of human rights on the border.”