Venezuela Seeks Dialogue with US, But Ready to Defend Itself

Jorge Arreaza, the foreign minister of Venezuela speaks to the press. | Photo: EFE

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told McClenny that come dialogue or aggression, Venezuela will “defend our country.”

The Venezuelan government, having proceeded with its National Constituent Assembly to peacefully resolve months of political unrest, reiterated its position to maintain a healthy dialogue with the United States based on international law, mutual respect, peace, and security in the region.

Venezuela’s Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza made the case clear during a Saturday meeting with Lee McClenny, the U.S. Chargé d’affaires in Venezuela.

The meeting between the two diplomats came a day after U.S. President Donald Trump said he was considering “many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”

Speaking to reporters, Arreaza stated that he had spoken “with the U.S. Chargé d’affaires” in respect to the peaceful solution charted by the Venezuelan government to help end months of political turmoil. However, he stressed that the U.S. diplomat said, “We do not share part of what you said.”

Falling short of a response indicating that the U. S. government concurs with Venezuela’s quest for peace, Arreaza told McClenny that come dialogue or aggression, Venezuela will “defend our country.”

He stressed that threats against Venezuela and the region are “deeply hostile, disrespectful, condemnable, abject,” adding that a war against the Latin American country would result in “15 Vietnams,” for Washington and its troops.

According to Global Research, the United States has been at war 93 percent of the time since 1776: 224 out of 241 years has been marked by some type of U.S. military combat.

Trump’s threats of U.S. military action against Venezuela were quickly condemned by several countries in the region, even right-wing governments that have sided with the United States in their attempts to intervene in the internal affairs of Venezuela.

The Colombian government said it rejects military options and the use of force against its neighbor and insisted, “It is necessary to respect the Charter of the United Nations and international law, and the sovereignty of Venezuela through peaceful solutions.”

Brazilian Foreign Minister Aloysio Nunes announced that his nation does not support military intervention in Venezuela. “The time for the big stick has passed,” he said. “Our path is that of diplomacy, politics and negotiation.”

Mercosur, which ousted Venezuela from the trade group a few weeks ago, also issued a statement criticizing Trump’s threat.

“Mercosur considers that the only acceptable instruments for the promotion of democracy are dialogue and diplomacy,” the statement said.

Leftist governments were quick to denounce the imperialist threat. Bolivia’s President Evo Morales tweeted that Trump had blatantly revealed his interventionist plan adding, “We condemn US armed intervention against Venezuela, a country that seeks peace in a Constitutional dialogue and regional elections.”

Ecuador issued a statement which read, in part, that it “reminds the international community that the declaration of Latin America and the Caribbean as a zone of peace implies the commitment of all nations to preserve our common territory free of threats or military interventions of any kind. In this context, it expresses its solidarity with the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and rejects any threat of possible military intrusion into its territory. Ecuador reiterates the call for dialogue as the only way to solve the situation of the brother Venezuelan people.

by teleSUR / jc-RT

teleSUR, August 13, 2017


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