The Minister of Tourism of Venezuela, Felix Plasencia, has refused to clarify the details of his meeting with the head of Spanish Transportation, José Luis Ábalos, last Monday alleging that he has been "honored" with a reception with the King and that "any other meeting is of much lower importance or relevance. "
Plasencia, who is in Madrid on the occasion of the International Tourism Fair (FITUR), has avoided confirming in an interview with Europa Press his meeting with Ábalos and if he shared a plane with the 'number two' of the Venezuelan Government, Delcy Rodríguez.
"My interest is not to campaign for your politicians, but a tourist and commercial campaign of Venezuela," Plasencia, which considers "internal political affairs" the debate generated by his meeting with Ábalos and the scale of Rodriguez.
The head of Venezuelan Tourism has stressed that he was already "received" by the King at the commemorative dinner held at the Palacio de Cibeles and that, therefore, "any other meeting has much lower importance or relevance." Thus, he has expressed his "special thanks" and "absolute respect" for the monarch.
Plasencia has explained that the details of his trip were known by the Embassy of Spain in Caracas and, although he has confirmed meetings with executives of companies such as Meliá, Globalia and Plus Ultra, he sees "logical" that he could also see a representative of the Ministry of Spanish tourism
"They have given us the protocol support of rigor," he clarified, attributing the lack of this meeting with Minister Reyes Maroto or some other official of his department to the "tight" agenda of all of them. However, Plasencia was received last Monday by Ábalos at the headquarters of his department - as confirmed by Europa Press sources from his Ministry - but none of the two parties gave publicity to that meeting.
Plasencia has also avoided assessing the imminent visit to Spain of the president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, but has stressed that "he is not in charge of government", but "an elected deputy" appointed to Parliament by some " 80,000 or 90,000 "votes.
The minister has accused the political opposition of contributing an "irresponsible rhetoric" to "discrediting Venezuela's public image internationally." That in any country is frowned upon, "he criticized.
"The Bolivarian Government, which was voted by a majority of the population, remains the only Government, recognized by the United Nations system and Nicolás Maduro is the only elected constitutional president," he added.