Maduro lands in Puerto Ayacucho to meet with Juan Manuel Santos
The meeting is to take place at Brigade number 7
The meeting is expected to take place at the Army Brigade number 7, in Puerto Ayacucho, the capital city of Amazonas state, south Venezuela. It was initially slated for 1:00 pm. Nevertheless, President Santos had not appeared yet.
Fully reestablishment of bilateral relations is top in the agenda. A couple of months ago, Venezuelan-Colombian ties were at stake after Santos met with Henrique Capriles Radonski, the Venezuelan opposition leader and ex presidential candidate who contested the results of the election for president.
In any case, Venezuelan authorities have expressed their willingness to get the relations back to normal. For his part, Santos cherishes to "set clear rules of the game."
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.