Monday, January 30, 2023

Venezuela and Brazil review work plan to resume bilateral cooperation

The foreign ministers of Venezuela and Brazil, Yván Gil and Mauro Viera, respectively, reviewed this Monday in Buenos Aires the joint work plan that both nations will initiate after having resumed their relations on January 1, after the inauguration of the Brazilian president. , Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister explained, in a message on his Twitter account, that the meeting took place within the framework of the VII Summit of Presidents of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), to be held this Tuesday in Argentina.

The official described the meeting as “fraternal” and assured that they talked “about the work plan to start the route (of) cooperation” between both nations.

He stressed that “good times have begun” in their bilateral relations, broken since 2019, when the then Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, recognized the opposition Juan Guaidó as the “legitimate president” of Venezuela.

After Lula’s victory in the presidential elections in Brazil, held last October, the government of Nicolás Maduro expressed its “best disposition and good will to, together, strengthen the ties of friendship.”

This Monday, President Lula da Silva and his Argentine counterpart, Alberto Fernández, defended the presence at the Celac Summit of President Nicolás Maduro – who, ultimately, will not attend – indicating that the situation in Venezuela and, also in Cuba, is will solve with “dialog” and not with locks.

“The Venezuelan process will be resolved with dialogue and not with blockades”, “not with threats of occupation”, “not with personal offenses”, Lula said at a press conference, and criticized the role of the former Venezuelan president in charge, Juan Guaidó, and the “interventions and interference in the Venezuelan process”

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