Petro claims he would have offered Juan Guaidó asylum if he had asked

The Colombian President, Gustavo Petroassured this Tuesday that his government would have offered, “with great pleasure”, asylum to the Venezuelan opponent Juan Guaido if I had asked to enter Colombiabut he did it “illegally” and that’s why he had to go out last night bound for the United States.

Guaidó denounced this morning that he was taken out of Colombia after the “persecution” and “threats” of the government of Nicolás Maduro “extended” to the Andean country, but the Colombian authorities assure that the process fulfilled all the guarantees and experts consider that technically it was not an expulsion.

In this regard, the Colombian president indicated that if Guaidó “simply enters with his passport and requests asylum, he would have been gladly offered it. He does not have to enter the country illegally.”

But in the absence of this request, “He was offered a transit permit, he was not deported back to his country, and with the permission of the US he flew to that country,” Peter added.

Guaidó, who is prohibited from leaving Venezuela for having several legal proceedings against him, said that he arrived in Colombia to be able to meet with the international delegations that are participating in the international conference on his country, convened by Petro, and that is being held this Tuesday in Bogota.

Some twenty countries have been invited to this meeting to address the Venezuelan situation and try to unblock the dialogue in Mexico between the government of Nicolás Maduro and the anti-Chavista opposition.

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However, the Colombian Foreign Ministry reported on Monday night that “in the afternoon, Migration Colombia took Mr. Juan Guaidó, a Venezuelan national who was in Bogotá irregularly, to the El Dorado airport with the aim of verifying his departure. on a commercial airline to the United States, overnight.”

“The procedure had all the guarantees of due process and the right to defense,” said the general director of Colombian Migration, Fernando García, who added that this “does not constitute a sanction” against Guaidó, “who was found in good health during their short stay” with the accompaniment of Colombian Migration.

The opposition leader was the trigger for the rupture of diplomatic relations between the two countries on February 23, 2019, after he organized an operation to bring humanitarian aid to his country through Colombia.

His participation in the international conference was not expected of this Tuesday – in which neither Chavismo nor the opposition participate – but was going to try to hold meetings with the invited countries and meetings with the Venezuelan diaspora.

In fact, the Colombian Foreign Ministry insisted that it had not invited “Mr. Juan Guaidó to this space, for which reason his attendance at the Conference is not counted on”, since “it is a meeting space with part of the international community “.

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