Colombian FM voices solidarity with Venezuela
Ángela Holguín expects that both the Colombian and the Venezuelan governments can make headway with better quality of life in border towns
Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Affairs Elías Jaua held on Friday a meeting with his Colombian counterpart María Ángela Holguín. During a press conference, Holguín, in the name of her government, jumped in solidarity with the Venezuelan government and people. "We expect President (Hugo) Chávez to get well," she said.
During the rendezvous, both senior government officers reported on upcoming working meetings with the governors of the states located on the Venezuela-Colombia border. They explained that the purpose is to discuss the issues of fuel and security.
"Specific needs; should we advance as countries, the quality of life of border communities could be better," Holguín reasoned.
For his part, Jaua noted that the Andean Development Corporation endorsed a grant to carry out a feasibility study on the construction of the Tienditas building, in Andean Táchira state. The goal, he added, is "to bolster a new, wide, streamlined communication way between the two countries."
The foreign ministers also reported that on February 27-28, the Managing Committee of the Trade Agreement is scheduled to hold a meeting.
That political protest in Venezuela has lost momentum seems pretty obvious: people are no longer building barricades to block off streets near Plaza Francia in Altamira (eastern Caracas), an anti-government stronghold; no new images have been shown of brave and dashing protesters with bandanna-covered faces clashing with the National Guard in San Cristóbal, in the western state of Táchira; and those who dreamed of a horde of "Gochos" (Tachirans) descending in an avalanche to stir up revolt in Caracas have been left with no option but to wake up to reality.