On Monday, Argentinian President Alberto Fernandez said his government wanted to restore diplomatic relations with Venezuela as part of its policy of rapprochement with member countries of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).
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“It is time to help Venezuela deal with its economic and political crisis through dialogue and conciliation,” said Fernandez, stressing that the Venezuelan elections of governors and mayors held on November 21, 2021 were a democratic success. .
Accompanied by Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso, who has been a fierce critic of Caracas, Fernandez called on all Latin American countries to review and rethink their relationship with Venezuela.
“Joint aid will always have a greater effect”, he underlined, stressing that CELAC should not only serve as a platform to rebuild regional unity based on political equality but also with respect. differences.
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Diplomatic relations between Argentina and Venezuela have been strained under the administration of far-right President Mauricio Macri (2015-2019), who recognized Venezuelan opposition lawmaker Juan Gaido as his country’s legitimate president.
Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno (2017-2021) also severed diplomatic relations with the Bolivarian government in 2018. The two countries, however, maintain diplomatic representations at the consular level since there is an Ecuadorian consulate in Caracas and two Venezuelan consulates in Ecuador, one in Quito. and the other in Guayaquil.
“Although we welcome Fernandez’s call, we are not yet ready to make a decision,” Lasso stressed and called for respecting the principle of free self-determination of peoples.