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Venezuela to open borders with Colombia

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Venezuelan Nicolas announced that he plans to reopen the country's borders with on Saturday (local time).

"In full exercise of our sovereignty, I have ordered the opening of the border crossings with in the state of Tachira, starting this Saturday #8Jun," the tweeted.

"We are a peaceful people who firmly defend our independence and self-determination," added.

The announcement came months after severed diplomatic relations with and other had closed its border with Colombia in February which led Juan Guaido, recognised as the legitimate by more than 50 Western allies, to allow trucks laden with unauthorised humanitarian aid enter into the South American country, reported.

Maduro has repeatedly denied reports that a humanitarian crisis existed in and suggested that aid efforts were part of a coup orchestrated by the

Last month, the country's borders with and were re-opened in order to "restore economic, social, political and cultural life," Venezuelan was quoted as saying in a televised speech.

Earlier on Friday, Guaido acknowledged divisions within the opposition, saying differences will be worked out gradually, because "we are all united in one cause."

"Yes, there have been differences and of course we are having them now," he told reporters during an event in

Guaido was responding to comments made by US Michael R Pompeo, who had said that it is difficult to keep the Venezuelan opposition united.

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First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 10:53 IST