The US Government He said Friday that he does not understand how Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez arrived in Madrid, where he met last January at the Barajas airport with the Spanish Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos.
“About this visit to Madrid, it seems a violation of European sanctions,” said the US special envoy. for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, in a telephone press conference.
“I do not understand how she has been able to get to Madrid,” he continued, “and obviously there are investigations by the Spanish press. We do not understand 100% of what happened and what we have seen in the newspapers has changed every day.”
Already on January 24, the head of Cuba and Venezuela of the State Department, Carrie Filipetti, considered “surprising” the meeting between Ábalos and Rodriguez, and said “have many questions” that she is trying to clarify with the Spanish Executive.
The diplomat stressed that Rodriguez’s presence in Madrid goes against the sanctions that the European Union (EU) imposed on 25 Venezuelan personalities to prevent them from traveling to community territory.
“These actions, such as meeting someone, not only undermine the policy that the US and the European Union have implemented with respect to Venezuela, but undermine all community infrastructure, which relies on cooperation for the implementation of this type of sanctions, “he said.
“We have – he said – many questions and we are in conversations with the Spanish Government to try to get some answers, but of course it is not an event we welcome.”
On January 24, the Spanish Government confirmed the meeting between Ábalos and Rodríguez, which had already been advanced by the Vozpopuli digital media; but the Executive assured that it was a fortuitous encounter and was limited to a greeting “forced by circumstances.”
The event has caused a political storm in Spain with requests from the opposition Popular Party (PP, conservative) for Ábalos to resign.
This controversy coincided with the visit to Madrid of the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who was not personally received by the president of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, although he did meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Arancha González Laya.
The United States was the first Government to recognize Guaidó as interim president after the opponent was proclaimed as such on January 23, 2019 after invoking the Constitution.