A delegation from the Foreign Service of the Interim Government of Venezuela, made up of the Vice Chancellor for Europe Isadora Zubillaga and the Ambassador to Bulgaria Estefanía Meléndez, have been invited to attend the 16th edition of the Bratislava GLOBSEC Forum, in Slovakia, from June 15th to 17th. This important event is one of the main strategic conferences worldwide.
This year, after two years of absence due to the pandemic, the forum was able to be attended by heads of state, business leaders, innovators and most influential experts from the main world think tanks, NGOs, and international organizations.
The Venezuelan delegation had the opportunity to have high-level conversations with some of the main actors attending the event on behalf of the President in Charge, Juan Guaidó. The diplomats were also able to directly present the National Salvation Agreement to important leaders of Central and Western Europe, among which we highlight: The President of Slovakia H.E. Zuzana Čaputová; The Prime Minister of Slovakia H.E. Eduard Heger; The Chancellor of Austria, H.E. Sebastian Kurz; The Minister for Foreign and European Affairs of North Macedonia, H.E. Bujar Osmani; The Secretary of State for European Affairs of the French government Clément Beaune. The diplomats also had the opportunity to talk with the President of ‘The Brookings Institution’ who was honored during a special ceremony during the event, General John Allen, who emphasized his enormous admiration for the Venezuelan democratic struggle.
The delegation of the Interim Government of Venezuela was able to participate in conversations on the role of the EU in global affairs and discuss the position of the EU in the Venezuelan conflict with the Minister of Foreign and European Relations of the Slovak Republic, H.E. Ivan Korčok; the Federal Minister for Foreign and European Relations of the Republic of Austria, H.E. Alexander Schallenberg; and the Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Italian Republic, Marina Sereni.
The Venezuelan diplomats joined in the statement that “the EU wants to remain a global actor and cannot forget what is happening in Latin America, and very specifically in the crisis in Venezuela, which presents a devastating humanitarian crisis and the EU together with its allies, like the U.S. of A., must show their support for the democratic opposition and the people of Venezuela, not only with humanitarian aid but also with political support. The EU stated its support for the need of an inclusive and constructive dialogue to resolve the crisis and also emphasized once again the need to support the democratic forces in Venezuela.”
For his part, the Austrian Foreign Minister added that: “The foreign policy of the European Union is not based on geographical approximations but on the basis of its democratic values, which are universal. He emphasized that they will continue to support and contribute to the democratic cause in Venezuela.
The Slovak Foreign Minister recalled that: “One of his first decisions when he assumed office in 2020 was to recognize Juan Guaidó as Interim President of Venezuela, since the previous government of the country had not done so, which was criticized widely. Also that, taking the example of Venezuela, he would like the European Union to always be as unanimous in its decisions as it is with Venezuela, where all the countries of the bloc are completely aligned and clear in their support for the restoration of democracy.”
Participation in the event was organized by the Ambassador to Bulgaria, Estefanía Meléndez as part of her Strategic Plan to influence Central and Western Europe, as well as the presentation of the National Salvation Agreement. The presence of the delegation of the Interim Government of Venezuela to such an important event, which was the only Latin American government to assist, made it the voice of the democratic clamor of the region.
Out of all the conversations with European leaders and influential experts was noted the support and admiration for the democratic struggle in Venezuela, and the ratification that pressure will continue to be required until free presidential elections are held that mark a true return to democracy and prosperity in the country.