The Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya, expressed on Saturday the desire shared by Spain and Uruguay that in Venezuela there may be "open, clean and democratic" elections to overcome the current situation in the country.
González Laya is in Montevideo accompanying the King of Spain, Felipe VI, in the inauguration of the new president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou.
With Lacalle and with whom will be his Foreign Minister, Ernesto Talvi, the Spanish delegation headed by the king met on the eve of the presidential relay and of which the head of the Spanish diplomacy is part.
If Talvi commented as soon as the meeting ended, that the two countries advocate the peaceful way and dialogue as a solution for Venezuela, hours later González Laya abounded on that idea.
In statements to journalists he confirmed that this was an issue addressed at the meeting and that both parties expressed their desire to accompany in Venezuela "a process of open, clean, democratic elections that can overcome the conflict that right now," he said, "is causing pain and hardship for a part of Venezuelan citizenship. "
At the meeting, the representatives of the new Uruguayan Government placed special emphasis on their next objectives to achieve a competitive, productive economy that generates growth and helps distribute wealth among citizens
The EU-Mercosur agreement and how to strengthen the collective commitment to multilateralism were other issues that were discussed at the meeting.
After accompanying the king in his meetings with Lacalle and with the outgoing president, Tabaré Vázquez, the Foreign Minister met with representatives of Spanish businessmen with investments in Uruguay.
He explained that he wanted to know his concerns because a part of his ministry's mandate is economic diplomacy and that means listening to companies, knowing their priorities and accompanying them in their internationalization process.
González Laya said that the Spanish business presence in Uruguay is very varied and the Government of Pedro Sánchez is at your disposal to support them in that process.
The minister also recalled that this trip to Uruguay is the first one he has made to Latin America since he assumed the Spanish Foreign Department and stressed that this region is a priority for Spain.
The objective of the Spanish Government guaranteed that it is to strengthen political, economic, social and cultural relations with Latin America as a region and with each of its countries.
He stressed in this regard the importance they attach to the Ibero-American summit that will be held at the end of the year in Andorra and to which he said he hopes that all the countries that make up this community come to continue advancing in the dialogue for the benefit of citizens.