Colombia and Venezuela to normalize ties after border row

(L-R) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hold hands after a meeting in Quito on September 21, 2015Colombia and Venezuela have agreed to restore diplomatic dialogue and oversee “progressive normalization” of their border, after a meeting between Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his counterpart Nicolas Maduro. The two countries have been locked in a border conflict for a month, after Maduro ordered the closure of part of the frontier, saying some of his military were attacked during an anti-smuggling operation by Colombian paramilitaries. It was the first meeting between Maduro and Santos since the crisis erupted on August 19.

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