Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez agreed to restore diplomatic ties at a direct meeting in the Caribbean city of Santa Marta, Colombia, ending more than a year of very public disagreement.
Reuters - Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez restored diplomatic ties on Tuesday at talks to end the latest dispute between the ideologically opposed Andean neighbours.
Yet both leaders came to the colonial city of Santa Marta in a reconciliatory mood, motivated in part by the need to revive bilateral trade of $7 billion a year.
In statements and responses to questions from reporters in Santa Marta, the pair brushed aside the base issue, but Chavez vowed not to allow Colombian rebels in Venezuela.
Date created : 2010-08-11