The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the European Union agreed on Thursday to maintain the framework of their diplomatic relations, after a telephone conversation between the People’s Power Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, and the high representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Politics of Security, Josep Borrell, which nullifies the expulsion of the accredited block ambassador in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa.
Speaking to the multistate Telesur, Minister Arreaza said that the conversation was “sincere, cordial and respectful”, allowing Venezuela to express its annoyance at the EU’s permanent insistence on meddling in its internal affairs and that a joint communiqué between the Bolivarian Foreign Ministry and the EU Foreign Action Service derived from the conversation.
He indicated that Venezuela hopes that the gesture of suspending the expulsion of Ambassador Brilhante Pedrosa, a decision made this week by President Nicolás Maduro based on the Vienna Convention, will be answered with another positive gesture from the European bloc.
“We hope that there will be some gesture (from the EU) that accompany what we have done and that will allow us to improve the relationship (…) We hope that there will always be reflection and rectification on the side of the European Union and that they will always listen to the Bolivarian Government’s version”, Foreign Minister Arreaza reiterated.
President Nicolás Maduro ordered on Monday, June 29, the expulsion of the European diplomat in rejection of the recent EU decision to illegally sanction 11 citizens who are part of Venezuelan institutions, including the president of the National Assembly (AN ), Luis Parra.
The Bolivarian Government of Venezuela and the European integration bloc have maintained tense relations in recent months due to the EU’s recurrent interventionist policy on the internal affairs of the South American nation, its manifest support for the imperial aggressions of the United States and the recognition, of more than 20 of its member states, to the fictitious presidency of deputy Juan Guiadó.
When questioned by Telesur, the Foreign Minister said that the joint statement is a clear signal of diplomatic recognition of the Government of Nicolás Maduro, but that, considering the complex decision-making mechanism of the EU, the call “is always to the reflection. In Venezuela there is a constitutional framework, there is a President product of an election, there are some institutions and no institution from any branch of public power in another country can appoint a president in the country”.