CARACAS, Venezuela – The governments of Venezuela and the US agreed to maintain an Interests Office after President Nicolás Maduro broke off relations with the US country, the Foreign Ministry reported.
? Los gobiernos de Venezuela y EEUU acordaron mantener una Oficina de Intereses luego de que el presidente Nicolás Maduro rompiera relaciones con el país norteamericano.
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“Both governments have agreed to hold negotiations for the establishment of an Interests Office in each capital, from which migratory procedures and other issues of bilateral interest can be attended, with strict adherence to international law for cases of breakdown of relations between countries,” says the text of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
In this way, the countries agreed to maintain part of their representation in Caracas and Washington.
“With this objective in mind, the remaining personnel of each mission has been authorized, who during the agreed period will continue to be protected by diplomatic prerogatives, having to concentrate their activities exclusively in the headquarters that corresponded to the former Embassies, before the rupture of relations,” adds the text of the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry.
On the other hand, the statement explains that the negotiations will have a period of thirty days to reach an agreement.
“If the agreement is not reached within the peremptory period of thirty days, both missions will cease activities and both states will proceed to designate the entity that each will choose to entrust their respective interests, with the remaining personnel leaving the territory of each country within the following seventy-two hours after the expiration of the aforementioned term,” underlines the official information.
Maduro ordered the expulsion of all the US representation in Venezuela on January 23, who must leave the Caribbean nation before January 27.
At least 70 administrative officials and their relatives left the US embassy in Caracas on Friday, January 25, to Simon Bolivar International Airport (Vargas state – north).
The political tension between Venezuela and the United States resulted in the rupture of relations after the US recognized the self-proclamation of Juan Guaidó as president.
The Government of Venezuela has denounced that a coup d’état against the government of the United States is underway, and has assured that nothing will prevent its second presidential term, which began on January 10, from ending in 2025.
Meanwhile, the Russian ambassador to the UN called on members of the Security Council not to implement more economic measures against Caracas. The diplomat said it is necessary to stop foreign intervention in the internal affairs of Venezuela and insisted on the need to encourage a dialogue between the government and the opposition.
It is ridiculous the ultimatum of the European Union to the Venezuelan authorities to call “fair” elections, the Russian representative to the UN, Vasili Nebenzia, told the press.
“The European Union has launched an ultimatum of eight days which is totally absurd and even ridiculous, it is absolutely incomprehensible on what this period is based, why are eight days instead of seven or six, or a month,” he said at the end of the extraordinary session meeting of the UN Security Council on the crisis in Venezuela.
This Saturday, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands declared that they would be willing to recognize Guaidó as interim president of Venezuela, if within the next eight days the Venezuelan authorities did not call elections.
He also affirmed that the US statements about the situation in Venezuela do not inspire optimism.
“Apparently, the United States will persist with its policy of pressure, we can not say to what extent it is going to press and what forms this pressure acquires,” he added.
On Wednesday 23, Juan Guaidó, president of the National Assembly (unicameral parliament, with an opposition majority and in contempt since 2016), proclaimed himself “president in charge” of the country after ignoring that mandate.
Maduro described that declaration of attempted coup and blamed the US for having orchestrated it.
Several countries in the region recognized Guaidó as interim president, while the European Union called to start a political process with free elections, despite these elections having occurred in 2018.
Russia opposed any external interference in the affairs of Venezuela and affirmed that it recognizes Maduro as the legitimate president of the country.