The Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio and the President of Paraguay, Mario Abdo Benítez, held an official meeting this Friday at the Ambassador’s residence in Washington, where the Paraguayan President affirmed that “the cause of Venezuela is a just cause” and “soon all Venezuelans are going to meet, we are going to be with our friend President Juan Guaidó and with many others, because Venezuela will be free and and a democracy”.
After meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, President Abdo set time aside to meet with the authorities of the interim government of Venezuelan President Juan Guaidó and members of the Venezuelan diaspora.
“I’m already on Venezuelan soil, I’m close to being in Venezuela (…) we’re lucky to have many of your compatriots working with dignity in my country. They are considered as brothers who honor the history of Venezuela because they are people who are arming themselves with their sweat, with their work, far from their family, giving a drop of hope and a gesture of solidarity seeking soon to return to their homeland,” Abdo said.
He affirmed that, as President of Paraguay, he is fulfilling a moral commitment by supporting the fight against the criminal regime of Nicolás Maduro.
“Diplomacy has to be done with values and principles and then with interests. I always tell my collaborators to defend the cause of Venezuela as if they were defending Paraguay (…). On behalf of so many Venezuelans, more than 5 million, who are around the world far from their families because of this tragedy experienced by the noble people of Venezuela, which was the lighthouse that illuminated the region’s democracy for so long, today we cannot remain indifferent. I am fulfilling a moral commitment that must unite all good citizens,” he added.
The high-level meeting was attended by OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, U.S. authorities such as White House Special Advisor Mauricio Claver-Carone, Assistant Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs for Venezuela and Cuba Carrie Filipetti, Special Representative for Venezuela Eliot Abrams, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires for Venezuela James Story, as well as members of the diplomatic corps such as Ambassador Francisco Pacho Santos of Colombia, and the Ambassadors of Bolivia to the U.S. and the OAS, among others.
For his part, Ambassador Vecchio highlighted President Abdo’s support for the Venezuelan cause: “In this new stage of struggle President Guaidó has it very clear, the year 2020 is the year of Venezuela’s freedom with national pressure, Venezuelans in the streets, and international pressure. We have to finish the work that we have already begun and from this January 5th when President Guaidó will be reelected as President of the National Assembly and legitimate Interim President of Venezuela, we are going to conquer freedom and put an end to usurpation, because nothing stops a people thirsting for change and freedom”.
The Venezuelan diaspora in Washington presented a recognition to President Abdo. “For being the voice of Venezuela’s struggle, the Venezuelan diaspora recognizes Mario Benitez, President of Paraguay, for his constant support in rescuing Venezuela’s freedom. We will always be grateful to him,” the acknowledgement read. President Abdo replied, “God bless Venezuela.”