By Dialogo August 23, 2010 Colombian Foreign Minister Maria Angela Holguin visited Caracas to implement the agreement for restored diplomatic relations between Colombia and Venezuela reached by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and his Venezuelan counterpart Hugo Chavez on August 10. Chavez said Holguin’s visit showed both countries respect each other and expressed that his country’s relations with Colombia “will be much better than before,” according to Xinhua. Colombian Defense Minister Rodrigo Rivera, Trade Minister Sergio Diaz-Granados, Transportation Minister German Cardona, and national planning director Hernando Jose Gomez traveled with Holguin. Holguin’s trip was a concerted effort to restore the ties between both countries, and included discussions on economic, social and border issues between the two. Among the topics of interest, the border issue was especially important as there were various problems along the countries’ common border, including rebels, drug trafficking and kidnapping, said Chavez, according to Xinhua.