The members of the national dialogue table between the Government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and a minority sector of the opposition thanked the mediation efforts of the former President of the Government of Spain, José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, with whom they met to present the latest agreements reached.
“We have had an effective meeting with former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero,” Venezuela’s executive vice president Delcy Rodríguez told reporters on Saturday.
“The national dialogue table thanked the important efforts and contributions that the former president (Zapatero) has made and continues to make for democratic coexistence in Venezuela,” he added.
Zapatero attended the meeting that held the dialogue table on Saturday and in which, according to Deputy Timoteo Zambrano, who represents a minority sector of the opposition, steps were taken to present the country “in the next few days” a agreement to renew the electoral body, within the framework of the coming parliamentary elections.
But the election of the Electoral Power corresponds to the Venezuelan Parliament, of overwhelming opposition majority, and that was declared in contempt by the Supreme in 2017.
Zambrano also said that Zapatero contributed to the meeting “his experience (and) his geopolitical vision”, and that he encouraged the dialogue “to continue” in his work.
“(Zapatero) has an enormous experience and, in addition, (we must) thank him for what he has done for our country (…), he has put his experience so that this country reaches a political, electoral, constitutional and peaceful exit”, he added.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro launched these dialogues in 2019, after the failures of several negotiations with the majority sector of the opposition, which today is grouped under the figure of Juan Guaidó, whom almost 60 countries recognize as president in charge of Venezuela .
The previous negotiating tables also had the auspices of Zapatero, whom an opposition sector accuses of favoring Maduro’s proposals to unlock the crisis.
In an interview published on Sunday by the newspaper El Español, Zapatero said that a “dialogue with electoral agreement and exit” is coming up in Venezuela, without clarifying whether he was referring to the renewal of the electoral body.