The Foreign Ministers of Colombia and Spain, Claudia Blum and Arancha González, concluded their visit to Cúcuta with a statement to the media at the Simón Bolívar bridge after taking a tour that included a primary medical care center, a shelter for minors and a visit to the Jorge Cristo Sahium Hospital that offers preventive care against COVID-19 to Venezuelan migrants.
Furthermore, Chancellor Blum stressed that “it is very important to get to the ground and really realize what Colombia is doing, which has been open doors, generosity and humanity with our Venezuelan brothers, to receive the second largest migration in the world,” which this year may become the biggest with more than three million migrants coming to Colombia.
“We need international cooperation and on this issue and we have been working for months with Foreign Minister Arancha González, who has been a leader in the donor conference held in Spain, where significant resources were obtained,” said the Colombian Foreign Minister.
Likewise, with reference to the Temporary Statute of Protection for Venezuelan Migrants, she stressed that the government of Colombia has the gigantic responsibility to carry it out and anticipated that it will become a world example for the generosity and humanity that President Iván Duque has shown to the migrant brothers from Venezuela.
Chancellor Blum again thanked the support of the Government of Spain and recalled that it has allocated 120 million euros for the care of migrants, while she announced the approval of an additional 6 million euros to benefit children who are homeless.
For her part, Minister Arancha González stressed that she traveled to the border area to visit some of the projects financed by Spanish cooperation on the spot. “I wanted to express Spanish solidarity through the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation – AECID.”
Likewise, she assured that Spain will continue to support, accompany and help so that this situation, that of Venezuelan migrants in Colombia, also continues to be at the center of the international community and continues to be the object of international solidarity.
The Spanish minister gave “great thanks to the international cooperation that is here, day and night, in very difficult conditions, betting on the dignity of people, this is the great message: we have to continue investing as an international community in the dignity of people,” she concluded.