The Venezuelan Government has resolved a dispute with Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by restoring air and sea travel with the trio.
The Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao islands, as the group of countries is widely known, have signed a new agreement with the South American nation. The deal focuses on the energy, economy and tourism industries.
The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands and the Venezuelan Vice President inked the agreement to repair the rift between the neighbors.
The Venezuelan Vice President announced the reestablishment of ties with the Caribbean islands, during a press conference, explaining that the normalizing of the formerly strained maritime relations was a historic moment.
In early January, the Venezuelan Vice President had previously stated that the South American country would uphold the suspension until high-level talks were held with the nations.
The VP detailed, at the time, that President Nicolas Maduro had extended the suspension of air and sea traffic as well as trade between Venezuela, and Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao.
The Premier of Aruba, responded to the breakdown of the relationship, saying that “there are close economic, cultural and family ties between the Caribbean islands and Venezuela.”
The Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao islands are supplied with fresh fruit and vegetables by Venezuela.
Maduro had accused the islands of operating black markets by taking Venezuelan gold, diamonds, copper and food products and selling them illegally.