Colombian President Iván Duque said Monday in the Panamanian capital that Venezuela is a "despicable dictatorship" and that the support "of the whole continent" is necessary to face the humanitarian and migratory crisis in that country.
"Today more than ever it is necessary that the eyes of the world open and stay alert on a migratory crisis that has been triggered by a despicable dictatorship," said the Colombian president after meeting with his Panamanian counterpart, Juan Carlos Varela, in the framework of a visit to the Central American country.
Duque said that the flight of thousands of Venezuelans from their home country because of the generalized crisis is "an unprecedented exodus in our continent," and said that "we are always going to preserve the principle of fraternity with the Venezuelan brothers."
According to UN estimations, about 2.3 million Venezuelans have left their country due to the socioeconomic situation, of which almost one million have settled in Colombia.
The Colombian president welcomed the fact that the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) addressed the problem of Venezuelan migration last week in an special meeting, and asked that the issue be addressed during the UN General Assembly to be held in the next few weeks in New York.
"I believe that raising this discussion at the level of the Organization of American States as it was achieved last week is important and it is also important to do the same within the framework of the United Nations Assembly," he added.
Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, acknowledged that the Venezuelan migration crisis "is having a very strong impact in our region" and that it is necessary to return to the dialogue to solve it.
"Once again we will work together strongly calling for political dialogue, the return to the democratic system and the search for specific understandings that will help stop this humanitarian situation that affects millions of Venezuelans," said Duque.
Both Panama and Colombia are part of the so-called Group of Lima, composed of about a dozen countries in the continent that reject the Venezuelan elections of May 20, in which President Nicolás Maduro was reelected, and condemn the president for thwarting the entry of humanitarian aid into the country.