Colombian President Ivan Duque rejected the offer of Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro to restore diplomatic relations between the countries.
According to him, Maduro himself broke off diplomatic relations with Colombia and expelled Colombian diplomats from the country. This, says Duque, testifies to the hostile attitude of Caracas. He added that the restoration of relations is unlikely due to alleged violence by Maduro.
On January 30, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced his readiness to restore diplomatic relations at the consular level with Colombia. At the same time, the President of the Venezuelan Constitutional Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, said that Colombian leader Ivan Duque is not able to pursue a policy independent of the United States.
The Colombian president added that the restoration of consular relations between the countries is unlikely “due to violence from the dictatorship.” The severance of diplomatic relations between the countries occurred last February at the initiative of Maduro after the Venezuelan opposition tried to deliver foreign humanitarian aid from Colombian territory.
The situation in Venezuela escalated after January 23, 2019, opposition leader Juan Guaidó, whose appointment to the post of speaker of the parliament two days earlier, was canceled by the Supreme Court, declared himself acting president. The United States recognized him as the interim head of state, they were joined by the countries of the Lima Group (with the exception of Mexico), the Organization of American States and most of the EU countries. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro called the incident an attempted coup and announced the severance of diplomatic relations with the United States. In his support, Russia, Belarus, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, Syria and Turkey spoke out.
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