The Government of Venezuela was open today to welcome the European Union (EU) and anyone who helps promote a political dialogue in the country, provided it is "in good faith" and not "to lie," and reiterated that it is ready to start a process of talks with the opposition.
"Whoever wants to come, if they come in good faith, if they come with the good faith of promoting a democratic dialogue and a dialogue of democratic coexistence in Venezuela, come whoever wants to come," said Venezuelan Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez, who added that the Executive is receptive "if the European Union wants to start an exploration for facilitation".
This statement comes after the EU's High Representative for Foreign Policy, Federica Mogherini, indicated on Monday that the EU bloc will explore how to support a solution to the political crisis in Venezuela in which the countries of the region are involved. region.
Today, at a press conference, the minister indicated that the cabinet is willing to "a process of true dialogue" with those sectors of the opposition that are also.
"Without agendas or with open agendas, with the necessary verification," he said, noting that "there is a sector of the Venezuelan opposition that is willing to work based on the rules of democracy."
He stressed that the Government of Nicolás Maduro received a visit from the Spanish Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean, Juan Pablo de Laiglesia, who, according to Rodríguez, was sent "for the purpose of evaluating and promoting some process."
"We met with him, we gave our version of the current situation in Venezuela, he also met with broad sectors of the Venezuelan opposition, there is a conclusion, which is a conclusion that we all share (…) the vast majority of Venezuelans believes that a process of dialogue must take place, "he added.
Since then, Rodríguez added, the Venezuelan government is "attentive" to what may arise.
"And we only repeat what President Nicolás Maduro has already said many times (…) We are ready for a process of dialogue that is facilitated by whoever wants to facilitate it, that is without closed agendas but, on the contrary, ( are) sufficiently open because it is also a vaccine against violence, "he insisted.
He recalled that there was a meeting with US Senator Bob Corker last week and assured that representatives of the opposition have held an encounter with "officials" of the US Congress, although he did not specify who or what for.
Rodriguez also defended the former president of the Spanish government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, mediator in the last process of dialogue that has ended unsuccessfully in Venezuela and criticized by much of the Venezuelan opposition, as a man "worthy" and "decent".
"I hope Zapatero will one day show WhatsApp messages from Julio Borges, Lilian Tintori, Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma -representatives of the Venezuelan opposition-, hopefully, to see where they are going to get, because the truth of everything what happened with respect to the dialogue (…) is on that phone, "he said.
"I imagine, it will be up to President Zapatero to make it public with so many lies and with so many hoaxes," he continued.