An agreement to increase security in the frontier area between Colombia and Brazil in the Amazon region has been signed, announced a Defense Ministry official Thursday.
Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera and his Brazilian counterpart Nelson Jobim signed the Bilateral Border Security Plan in the Brazilian town of Tabatinga, close to the Colombian border.
The aim of the plan is to “strengthen on a political and strategic level bilateral relations, in terms of security, and identify the illicit activities that constitute risks and threats to frontier security, with the objective of increasing the ability to confront them in a united manner,” said the minister of defense in a communiqué.
Also at the meeting were Colombian Vice President Angelino Garzon and his Brazilian counterpart Michel Temer. Colombia and Brazil share a 1,022 mileland border in an area with a small population which also suffers from the presence of illegal armed groups, especially guerrilla and narco trafficking and arms trafficking groups.