Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin said on Wednesday, after the meeting with her Venezuelan counterpart Delcy Rodríguez, that criminal gangs and smuggling of fuel to Colombia “are bleeding Venezuela” and it is generated by the exchange rate difference between the two countries. She said that this smuggling has caused “an immense” damage to both nations.
Regarding the criminal gangs, Holguin requested a meeting of defense ministers with military forces, to address the issues of organized crime and criminal gangs, noting that the Government of Colombia has decided to strengthen this fight expecting that binational cooperation is achieved, “we are confident that together we can fight more.”
The Colombian representative stressed that in terms of smuggling is being carried a joint work by the Colombian customs authorities and the Venezuelan prosecutors, achieving the capture of 247 people and getting nearly 47 billion pesos, “it has been a labor of cooperation (… ) there is a commitment to continue working between the two countries, “stressed the Chancellor.
Finally, she said that they will continue working together with Venezuela to combat organized crimes that generate violence on both sides, “Nobody is going to get us out from the line of cooperation with Venezuela, together we can indeed have a border in peace and dignity of our countries” concluded the Chancellor.