The governments of France, Brazil and Mexico on Wednesday expressed their satisfaction that Colombia and Venezuela agreed to work towards the normalization of diplomatic and economic ties at a bilateral summit Tuesday.
France “welcomes” the agreement, said a spokesperson for the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
France hopes that “the direct dialogue” re-established between Colombia and Venezuela will open the way to “the normalization of political, economic and commercial relations between these two neighbor countries, friends of France.”
The Mexican government congratulated Colombia and Venezuela and recognized “the willingness of both governments to position and maintain, as the fundamental principle in their relations, dialogue and mutual respect.”
The Brazilian government in a press release said it received the news of the Colombia-Venezuela truce with “very great satisfaction” and added that the decision “opens up a new opportunity to re-establish the dynamism and understanding that has historically characterized relations between the two countries.”
Brazil added that Tuesday’s Santa Marta meeting was significant in terms of the “advance of integration in South America” and reiterated its willingness to assist in “consolidating this new stage of dialogue, which benfits peace and regional prosperity.”
Colombia and Venezuela on Tuesday re-established ties that were broken by Chavez, after former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe accused the neighboring country of harboring terrorists.
According to the Colombian president, Chavez has agreed to not tolerate the presence of Colombian guerrillas on Venezuelan territory.