Duke will ask Macron, the Pope and the EU to expedite aid for the Venezuelan exodus

Duke will ask Macron, the Pope and the EU to expedite aid for the Venezuelan exodus



The president of Colombia, Iván Duque, will ask his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, Pope Francis and the authorities of the European Union (EU) to expedite the aid mechanisms in the face of the migratory crisis caused by the Venezuelan situation.

Duke will visit Europe next week in which he plans to meet with Francisco on October 22, on October 24 he will visit the EU headquarters in Brussels and will meet with Macron at a date that has not yet been made public.

During his visit to the municipality of Uribia, in the Caribbean department of La Guajira, Duque said he will take advantage of the upcoming visits to Europe "with the Holy Father, the European Union and then in the event that President Macron calls for that solidarity to be made more and more present. "

The governor explained that he had the opportunity to talk this week with the presidents of Uruguay Julio María Sanguinetti, Dominican Republic Leonel Fernández, Chile Ricardo Lagos, and Colombia, Belisario Betancur and César Gaviria, as well as with the former Spanish government Felipe González, who were in Bogotá to participate in a meeting of the Círculo de Montevideo.

He spoke to them "of the importance of the example of Colombia before the world, of welcoming with fraternity the Venezuelan brothers and also to the Colombian brothers who today have returned fleeing from the dictatorship, looking for opportunities with their children and their grandchildren "

That is why he wanted to make it "absolutely clear" that the example he wants Colombia to follow is "do not close the borders".

According to UN estimates, close to 2.3 million Venezuelans have left their country because of the crisis they are suffering, and almost one million of them have settled in Colombia.

The Government of Duque estimates that the number of Venezuelans arriving in Colombia can reach four million in the most pessimistic scenario of a worsening of the crisis.

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