The US representative insisted on the need to return to the dialogue that began in Mexico in 2021 and that was paralyzed by Chavismo after the extradition of the alleged figurehead of Maduro, the Colombian Álex Saab
The White House adviser for Latin America, Juan González explained this Thursday the reasons why the Joe Biden administration did not invite Maduro or Guaidó to the Summit of the Americas.
During an interview with the Venezuelan journalist Carla AngolaGonzález explained that in the region there are different positions on the exclusion of Venezuela from the IX Summit of the Americas.
The US official specified that they hold talks with the regime of Nicolás Maduro “only for direct messages”, to which he added that his government “could not invite the representatives of Chavismo as if nothing would happen in the country, as if it respected Venezuelans. ”.
He also stated that they will continue to support the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly elected in 2015, while adding that the Summit “could not become a meeting of recognition or not of the parliamentarian.”
“We are going to continue recognizing it, there are countries where there is consensus on this, but not in others, the US wants democracy to return to Venezuela, elections, Secretary Blinken met with members of Venezuelan civil society and we will continue working with the interim government. President Biden made it clear that we are not going to lift the pressure, if there are no concrete steps towards democracy”, he declared to the EVTV cameras.
González affirmed that his nation’s policy “has not changed”, to which he added that at the Summit the “perspectives of all nations are taken very seriously”.
“From the first moment we said that we would not invite Maduro, that we were not going to change him. But at the same time we are clear that we have made trips to Cuba, to Caracas and the latter was to speak directly with Maduro and his representatives because we have messages to convey directly, we speak directly and we seek a dialogue led by Venezuelans, in which take concrete steps towards democracy. But we have said, that if there are setbacks we will re-impose sanctions,” he said.
The US representative insisted on the need to return to the dialogue that began in Mexico in 2021 and that was paralyzed by Chavismo after the extradition of the alleged figurehead of Maduro, the Colombian Álex Saab.
“Guaidó is a very inspiring character, he speaks of a much better future and we bet on this agenda, but we cannot impose ourselves over the Venezuelans, we bet on a return to Mexico (…) I understand the point of view that the summit must be pluralist , regardless of the regime, but we are here to talk and debate about democracy, if Cubans, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans do not have a vote in their own country, how are we going to invite them here?