The Foreign Minister of Spain, Josep Borrell, arrived on Saturday at the border between Colombia and Venezuela to assess the impact of the migration crisis caused by Nicolás Maduro’s regime.
Borrell met with the president of Colombia, Iván Duque, to whom he expressed the solidarity of Spain in the face of the impact of millions of Venezuelans fleeing the dictatorship in high-risk conditions.
Subsequently, the Spanish minister toured the humanitarian aid centers of Cúcuta, accompanied by his Colombian counterpart Carlos Holmes Trujillo, where they were able to verify the condition of Venezuelans arriving in the country.
“I could not visit Colombia without checking on the spot the situation of the 1.4 million Venezuelans who have emigrated here since 2017. Colombia’s effort to welcome them is extraordinary”, Borrell said.
The Spanish diplomat was impressed upon arriving at the Simón Bolívar bridge where every day more than 30,000 Venezuelans cross the border in search of food, sanitary treatment, education or accommodation. “People’s testimonies are heartbreaking.”
“This is a crisis with a political origin that must now be addressed urgently from a humanitarian point of view. Thanks to all the workers of the international cooperation organizations that attend to the needs of the migrants”, he said.
Spain has been one of the countries of the European Union (EU) that has given more support to migrants, not only to those arriving in Europe, but also to those in South America, where they have donated 14 million euros in the Last two years.