El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren expressed his support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro after the United States threatened a new round of sanctions if the sovereign country goes ahead with its National Constituent Assembly on July 30.
"I want to express our great solidarity with President Nicolas Maduro and the Venezuelan process," Ceren stated from Nicaragua where he is participating in the 38th anniversary of the Sandinista popular revolution and the Sao Paulo Forum.
"The Venezuelan process is preparing for elections to elect the Constituent Assembly, a process that Venezuela has always pursued by following the will of the people," the Salvadoran president added.
In a White House briefing Tuesday, U.S. director for South America’s National Security Council Fernando Cutz informed the press that if the Constituent Assembly goes ahead, the United States would impose severe sanctions against the Bolivarian nation.
Cutz refused to detail the sanctions but did say the White House was clear about the direction it was heading and was working on a robust list of possible actions and targets. He stated that the U.S. absolutely reserves the right to take unilateral measures ahead of the July 30 election.
According to Cutz, President Donald Trump has been working actively on Venezuela, talking to over a dozen leaders in the region.
Despite the western media spin on the ANC, Maduro has stated that he called for the Constituent Assembly “in the context of the current social, political and economic circumstances" and steps have been taking to ensure that all members of Venezuelan society will be properly represented from the Indigenous peoples to women, to students and youth among others.
Venezuela's Foreign Ministry issued a statement Monday reiterated, "The National Constituent Assembly will be elected by the direct, universal, and secret ballot of all Venezuelans, under the authority of the National Electoral Council, as contemplated in our legal framework. It is an act of political sovereignty of the Republic, nothing and no one can stop it. The Constituent Assembly will go on!"