The White House spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, was registered this Wednesday, during her daily press conference, in Washington DC (USA)
Washington – The United States Government reported this Wednesday that it does not expect to establish direct contact with Nicolás Maduro in “the short term” since it continues to recognize the opposition Juan Guaidó as its interlocutor.
“We certainly do not expect any contact with Maduro in the short term,” State Department spokesman Ned Price said at a press conference, calling the Venezuelan president a “dictator.”
Price detailed a strategy towards Caracas similar to that of the previous government of Donald Trump that includes continuing to recognize the opposition Guaidó as “interim president” of Venezuela.
“The United States continues to recognize the 2015 National Assembly as the last democratic institution in Venezuela and, consequently, the person elected by the National Assembly as interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó,” he said.
The 2015 National Assembly to which Price referred and which controlled the opposition was dissolved after the legislative elections of last December, won by the ruling party and to which Guaidó did not attend.
“I would hope,” Price added, “that our dialogue will be with our like-minded allies and partners, as well as with the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as the leader elected by that National Assembly.”
The spokesman for US diplomacy also explained that Washington will continue to work hand in hand with the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Lima Group, which have led the international opposition to Maduro.
Likewise, it will continue to use sanctions against Venezuelan officials that it considers involved in acts of corruption or human rights abuses.
This Tuesday the Treasury Department qualified some sanctions imposed by the Trump government to allow transactions necessary for ordinary operations of Venezuelan ports and airports.
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