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'Colombia's Policy Towards Venezuela Is Aggressive' Samper Says

'Colombia’s Policy Towards Venezuela Is Aggressive' Samper Says

Colombia's former President Ernesto Samper. | Photo: Twitter/ @MinComercioN

Published 16 May 2020 (11 hours 48 minutes ago)

Colombia’s former President Ernesto Samper (1994-1998) Friday said that his country has deployed an erroneous and aggressive foreign policy towards Venezuela.

“Colombia has had ill-advised handling of its relationship with Venezuela. Colombian policy has been very aggressive towards Venezuela. We share over 2,500 kilometers of a border through which people transit,” Samper said in an interview with Sputnik.

"In the border area, three million Colombians and Venezuelans live. Over there, our exports reached US$8 billion but now they are down to US$300 million," he added.

During his criticism of President Ivan Duque's policy, Samper noted that Colombia has been involved in the U.S. destabilization attempts against Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro.

"Colombia... supported the alleged coup, which ended in a folk episode. On this occasion, it supported the frustrated mercenary operation," the former President said regarding the failed "Gedeon Operation," which was led by Jordan Goudreau, the SilverCorp CEO who was hired by Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido.


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