This Tuesday, March 2nd, the President In Charge of Venezuela and the Legitimate National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, met on the afternoon with the Foreign Minister of Canada, Honorable Marc Garneau, to address issues such as Human Rights, humanitarian assistance, and the situation of public healthcare, especially the reality under the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the meeting, Guaidó thanked the firm support that Canada has given to the people of Venezuela and the interim government as the legitimate government of resistance for the restoration of democracy in the country.
On his part, Garneau confirmed that the Venezuela agenda was present at his recent meeting with the US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken. He ratified his commitment to “continue the search for peaceful solutions that will lead us to the reestablishment of republican peace. Canada will continue to actively participate in humanitarian support to Venezuela, and with our allies the United States, Latin America and Europe, we will insist on the construction of political agreements that allow a solution in an atmosphere of good faith. Without a doubt, this involves reviewing the possibility of holding free, fair and transparent elections in your country.”
The interim President urged Canada to seek opennings and a solution for the political transition, which involves increasing the pressure of the International Criminal Justice before the ICC and the violation of the Treaty of Torture and Cruel and Degrading Treatment. He also insisted on obtaining guarantees in order to avoid further violations of human rights, stop the harassment by the regime, protect the life and integrity of Venezuelans and political leaders, deputies, plus the commitment to create a united front to strengthen agreements that allow a return of freedom and democracy.
It should be remembered that Canada has assumed a decisive role in the search for solutions to the Venezuelan crisis with important contributions of humanitarian aid, as guardian of human rights, promoter of international criminal justice, the UN Fact-Finding Mission and as political articulator between the US, Latin America and Europe.
Garneau highlighted his interest in “exploring forms of conversation that allow progress in a political agreement”, for which he expressed the need “to consolidate a united front.”
Support for the legitimate AN
The Canadian Foreign Minister communicated Guaidó the renewed support for the continuity of the National Assembly, its Delegate Commission and of him as President in charge. He also expressed his concern about the harassment against political leaders of the opposition, the interim government and his person, about which he stressed “does not contribute at all to the achievement of political solutions to the crisis in Venezuela.”
“We will continue to support and work for the restoration of democracy and republican freedom in Venezuela. Mr. President, Canada is your friend.”
Finally, and in relation to the issue of COVID-19, the President in charge of Venezuela requested Canada to cooperate with Venezuela within the framework of the COVAX agreements and enable the entry of supplies, vaccines, medicines and food for the country applying the world food program.
In this regard, Chancellor Marc Garneau assured his efforts to work in that direction, leading the next Donors Meeting in June.