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Flights between Aruba, Venezuela resume following court's ruling to extradite official to US

Flights between Aruba and Venezuela have resumed after the South American country suspended them following the arrest of the highest-ranking Venezuelan official ever detained on a U.S. warrant.

Aruba Justice Minister Arthur Dowers told The Associated Press on Saturday that he met for several hours with Venezuelan Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Federico Gonzalez to talk about the issue.

Dowers said he expressed concern about the hundreds of people stuck in Aruba and Venezuela as a result of the order.

Venezuela suspended flights late Friday after a judge in Aruba ruled that the former head of Venezuelan military intelligence, Hugo Carvajal, must remain behind bars pending a U.S. extradition request on drug-trafficking charges.

Carvajal was arrested Thursday in Aruba. He had been named Venezuela's consul to Aruba and was awaiting accreditation.