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  • Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with government officials at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 4, 2018.

    Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro speaks during a meeting with government officials at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, Aug. 4, 2018. | Photo: Reuters

Published 6 August 2018
Opinion

The statement further asserted the previous accusations by the Venezuelan government towards President Santos and his involvement in the attack.

The government of Venezuela issued a statement in which it blames Colombia for any new aggression or provocation against the country.

"The government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has learned of Colombia's position in regards of President Nicolás Maduro denouncing the involvement of the government of that country, and particularly of President Juan Manuel Santos, in the attempt to assassinate the president on Aug. 4, 2018," the Venezuelan foreign ministry said in a statement.

"It is suspicious that the only position of the Colombian government is the defense at all costs of President Juan Manuel Santos to rid him of any responsibility, when the permanent aggressions and provocations against the Venezuelan people and government are being ignored and whose culmination were in his recent statements affirming that he saw the fall of President Maduro near, as a record of an announced assassination attempt.

The attack against President Maduro took place at the 81st anniversary of the Bolivarian National Guard, in which two drones carrying explosives were detonated near the presidential platform, injuring seven military personnel and halting Maduro mid-speech.

The statement further asserted the previous accusations by the Venezuelan government towards Santos that he might have been involved in the attack on Maduro, citing the continuing aggression against the country and its government.

President Santos' calls for a change of government in Venezuela are not unknown. To this end, it has facilitated and allowed the installation in headquarters of public authorities in Colombia of fugitives from the Venezuelan justice whose express purpose is to attempt against the rule of law in Venezuela.

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