Venezuela‘s defense minister, General-in-Chief Vladimir Padrino López, declared this Friday that his country’s government is willing to immediately raise the level of cooperation with Colombian military forces and security agencies.
“We are ready to raise the level of communication and cooperation with the Colombian Military and Police Forces,” said the high-ranking military chief and sectoral security vice president.
Padrino López’s words were issued in the context of the reestablishment of diplomatic, political and commercial relations between Colombia and Venezuela, after several years of rupture of relations between the two countries.
In recent days, Colombian President Gustavo Petro ordered his executive train to take actions aimed at decisively confronting the illegal groups that operate in the illegal binational crossings.
In this sense, Padrino said today that Venezuela is ready to, together with Colombia, “confront transnational crimes generated by drug trafficking, armed groups and smuggling, among others.”
The Venezuelan military chief advocated “a border of peace, alive and prosperous.”
On November 1, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro received his Colombian counterpart in Caracas, and in said meeting both leaders expressed their willingness to work for regional integration and advance in binational affairs.