Venezuela reopens borders with Brazil and Aruba

Sunday, 2019-05-12 10:11:37
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A Venezuelan migrant carrying his suitcase arrives in the border city of Pacaraima, Brazil. (Photo: Reuters)
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NDO – According to Reuters, Venezuela on May 10 announced the reopening its land borders with Brazil and sea and air access with the Caribbean island of Aruba.

Venezuela’s Economy Vice President Tareck El Aissami said that after the tensions in late February, the Venezuelan government received received assurances respect, friendship and cooperation from the Aruba’s government.

Therefore, Caracas decided to reopen air routes and trains to the Caribbean island.

* On the same day, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that the Trump administration on Friday expanded the scope of its Venezuela sanctions to the defense and security services sectors to try to crank up economic pressure on the country.

The Treasury Department said that US and foreign companies working with Venezuela’s defense and security services sectors can now be sanctioned, adding to penalties for companies working in the oil and banking sectors.

* A senior US administration official said the US government had seen its contacts with Venezuelan military officials surge since the attempted uprising against Maduro’s government last week. Officials had also been in touch with the former head of Venezuela’s SEBIN intelligence service M.Cristopher, who broke with Maduro last week and left the country.

*Spanish police have arrested former Venezuelan minister Javier Alvarado Ochoa on a US warrant as part of an investigation into money-laundering involving the Latin American nation’s state oil company PDVSA. Alvarado Ochoa served as minister for electric power development under Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s late predecessor, Hugo Chavez. He is the second high-profile Venezuelan to be arrested in Spain in less than a month.

* The Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 10 confirmed that Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Americo De Grazia has entered the Italian embassy in Caracas after a pro-government legislative body stripped him of parliamentary immunity.