On the night of this Saturday, April 22, Gustavo Petro, president of Colombia, will meet at the Hato Grande farm with members of the Unitary Platform, including Gerardo Blyde, chief opposition delegate for the dialogue in Mexico City. The meeting will be held three days before the international conference on Venezuela, in which representatives of 20 countries will participate.
The president of Colombia, Gustavo Petro, will meet on the night of this Saturday, April 22, with members of the Unitary Platform, three days before the International conference on Venezuelain which representatives of 20 countries will participate.
The appointment will be at 7:00 pm, at the presidential hacienda Hato Grande, located in the municipality of Sopó, near the Colombian capital.
Gerardo Blyde, chief opposition delegate for the Mexico City dialogue, as well as other members of the anti-Chavista commission in that process, facilitated by the Kingdom of Norway: Claudia Nikken, Tomás Guanipa, Stalin González, Luis Aquiles Moreno, Luis Emilio Rondón, Alejandro Mora and Roberto Enríquez will be attending the meeting.
Colombian Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva Durán will also participate.
He government de Petro emphasized that this is the first meeting of the head of state with spokesmen for the parties that make up the Venezuelan opposition and noted that “other opposition parties” will be invited soon.
The purpose of the meeting between Petro and the Venezuelan opposition will be to “listen” to the opinions of the Unitary Platform to “seek ways of understanding between the Venezuelan people and promoting the success of the elections that must take place in 2024.”
Petro and the summit on Venezuela
On April 25, the International Conference on Venezuela will be held in Bogotá, convened by Petro, with which it seeks ways to reactivate the dialogue between Chavismo and the opposition, which has been stalled since November 2022.
Delegates from at least 20 countries are expected to attend next week’s conference. The United States confirmed their attendance: the White House adviser for Latin America, Juan González; Senator and Special Presidential Advisor for the Americas Chris Dodd and Senior Deputy Homeland Security Adviser Jon Finer will attend the event.
The following week’s conference “shows that this issue calls for the interest and commitment not only of the continent, but of the world,” said the Colombian executive.
This meeting will not be attended by the delegates of the government of Nicolás Maduro or the bloc of political parties that oppose him: Unitary Platform.
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