Spain and Venezuela begin mending fences

"Guardia Nacional de Venezuela Police" by The Photographer

“Guardia Nacional de Venezuela Police” by The Photographer

Caracas, Venezuela (nsnbc) – The Spanish Ambassador to Venezuela is likely to return to Caracas after the two countries agreed to continue relations on mutual respect. Last week the Spanish government of PM Mariano Rajoy recalled the Ambassador to Caracas after a row over the incarceration of prominent Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez accused the Spanish government of having crossed a “red line” with its resolution to recall its Ambassador for consultations on Wednesday. Rodriguez added that Venezuela would not take orders from a defeated empire.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, on Saturday, expressed that his administration is willing to mend and improve ties between the two countries, provided that the bilateral relations are based on mutual respect.

The government of Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy, for its part, responded by issuing a statement saying that Spain is willing to maintain positive relations with Venezuela, based on mutual respect.

After both governments toned down their rhetoric and both expressed their willingness to continue relations on mutual respect, Spain announced that the Ambassador would probably be returning to Caracas within the following hours.

Last week’s diplomatic row came when the Spanish parliament adopted a resolution that called for the release of, among others the Caracas Metropolitan District Mayor Antonio Ledezma, the former Mayor of Caracas Chacao Municipality Mayor Leopoldo Lopez as well as the former Mayor of San Cristobal City,Daniel Ceballos.

Rajoy and the Popular Party touted the arrests and detention of leading opposition figures as crackdown against opposition and “anti-democratic”.

Antonio Ledezma has been arrested for his alleged role in an attempted coup d’état in February 2015. The so-called “Blue Coup” involved plans to bomb Venezuela’s Presidential Palace and other key locations and to assassinate or arrest key government officials.

Only days before the attempted coup, the retired Venezuelan General Angel Vivas released a series of videos, calling on the people to form armed resistance cells and to prepare for a fight to the death.

Meanwhile, leading opposition figures who are known for their ties to CIA and Pentagon fronts like the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), USAID, among others, released a statement in which they called for the establishment of a “transitional government”.

Among the signatories were the currently jailed leader of the Popular Will Party, Leopoldo Lopez, former National Assembly Legislator, Maria Corina Machado and current Mayor of the Metropolitan Capital District of Caracas, Antonio Ledezma.

Responding to the Spanish resolution and the withdrawal of the Ambassador, the Venezuelan parliament adopted a resolution, declaring the former Spanish President Felipe Gonzalez as “persona non grata” and as unwelcome in Venezuela. Gonzalez planned to arrive in Venezuela in May as part of Leopoldo Lopez’ legal team.

Author: Christof Lehmann

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