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  • Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza during a meeting with diplomats in Caracas.

    Venezuela's Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza during a meeting with diplomats in Caracas. | Photo: Twitter / @CancilleriaVE

Published 13 December 2018
Opinion

"Respect is what we ask for, but if they do not respect us, do not expect from us but the defense of our sovereignty," the Venezuelan foreign minister said.

Venezuelan Minister of Foreign Relations Jorge Arreaza reiterated Thursday before diplomats the denouncements about destabilization plans by the governments of the United States and Colombia that seek to generate a military intervention in the nation governed by President Nicolas Maduro.

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The official listed the constant attacks that the Bolivarian government has faced in almost 20 years and tested the courage of the Venezuelan people who have ratified their dignity during this time.

On the diplomatic position of Colombia, Arreaza invited the government of Ivan Duque to resume "rationality in international relations," and recalled that "even in wars there is communication between the Foreign Ministries."

"If they respect us they will have our cooperation, our friendship, otherwise we will defend our sovereignty," he said.
He pointed out that if the government of Colombia is willing to avoid a conflict with Venezuela, it should investigate President Maduro's allegations that he made Wednesday, accusing U.S. national security adviser, John Bolton of being behind a multinational plot against the Venezuela progressive government.

"It is difficult to make a Revolution in these circumstances and yet we have advanced ... The people have closed ranks with the nation." In addition, he confirmed that the accusations are preventive in nature to avoid actions that put national stability at risk.

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