CARACAS, Monday July 22, 2013 | Update

Maduro lands in Puerto Ayacucho to meet with Juan Manuel Santos

The meeting is to take place at Brigade number 7

Maduro arrived together with his wife Cilia Flores (TV screen capture)
Monday July 22, 2013  03:03 PM
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro arrived on Monday in Amazonas state to meet with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos, for the first time as the Venezuelan Head of State.

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."
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