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Venezuela Foreign Minister Denounces Spain's Interference

  • Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza

    Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza | Photo: Foreign Ministry of Venezuela

Published 26 October 2017

Jorge Arreaza described Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis' attitude as being "far from that of a foreign minister."

Venezuela's Foreign Minister has rejected the interventionist actions of Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis and called him the "international chief" of the opposition Democratic Unity Roundtable alliance.

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Jorge Arreaza said Dastis was partisan in his judgment and supported the opposition's aim of toppling the government of President Nicolas Maduro.

"The attitude of Alfonso Dastis is far from that of a foreign minister," Arreaza said on Twitter. "He calls for the unity of MUD co-participants and threatens Venezuela with sanctions."

Arreaza criticized the diplomat's call to apply economic sanctions against Venezuela for internal issues, which he said should be handled by Venezuelans themselves.

"The Kingdom of Spain should concentrate on its various and complex internal problems and respect the legitimate institutions of Venezuela," Arreaza said.

"The Foreign Minister of Spain takes sides on its relations with Venezuela and is partialized by internal factors, acting as international head of the MUD."

After regional elections on Oct. 15, where the opposition won five of 23 states, Dastis called on the Venezuelan opposition to "maintain unity and present a common front," despite the "unexpected" results.

Dastis said Spain wants a "democratic solution" in order to "restore democratic order" in Venezuela.

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In a recent statement during a speech at the San Pablo University in Madrid, Dastis called for "a little pressure on the sanctions" by the European Union against Venezuelan officials.

U.S. President Donald Trump also recently said that he hoped Spain and the European Union would join the United States in "sanctioning the Maduro regime." Backing Trump's initiative, Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy denounced the "totalitarian drift" of the Venezuelan government.

Arreaza said at the time that Rajoy's stance is "embarrassing," as it disregards "the functioning of Spanish democracy" by submitting "to Trump's plans against Venezuela."

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