Good relations between Venezuela and Colombia are a blow to the US

Good relations between Venezuela and Colombia are a blow to the US
Good relations between Venezuela and Colombia are a blow to the US

After years of conflict, Venezuela and Colombia restored diplomatic relations. This recovery strengthens the integration of the countries of Latin America and is a drain on Washington’s account.

In late August, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro received the credentials of Colombia’s ambassador to Venezuela. As a result, diplomatic relations between the two countries have fully recovered after years of conflict and tensions.

In 2019, Venezuela severed diplomatic relations with Colombia after then-Colombian president recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s president.

In the past, the US has attacked and pressured Venezuela mainly through Colombia. Before the White House, that country functioned as a NATO outpost in the region and a pivot in the plans of the Southern Command (the US military command structure in Latin America).

Before the White House, Colombia functioned as a NATO outpost in the region.

But with the election of a left-wing president in Colombia, the situation has changed dramatically and the geopolitical maps are completely different. Shortly after his election victory, the new Colombian President Gustavo Petro signaled that he would adopt a different foreign policy and that he was ready to restore ties with Caracas.

Colombia and Venezuela want to revive economic ties in order to raise the standard of living of the people of both countries.

The stronger ties between the two countries are important not only for an economic revival in the region but also for peace in the border region of the two countries, where armed militias and drug gangs have been running amok for years.

The rapprochement is also a major asset for the integration of Latin America. Recently, there has been a new wave of the left. For those left-wing or progressive governments, sovereignty is important. They strive for greater integration of the region and distance themselves from the geopolitical interests of the White House.

The restoration of diplomatic ties between Venezuela and Colombia illustrates the waning US influence in the region.

The rapprochement between Venezuela and Colombia provides an opportunity to strengthen unity in organizations such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and opens the door to revitalize the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) .

For Washington, it is yet another setback. The last Summit of the Americas in June turned out to be a fiasco for President Biden. The restoration of diplomatic ties between Venezuela and Colombia illustrates the waning US influence in the region.

If Lula is elected president in Brazil (October 2), this trend will get a serious boost.

Source: Telesur

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