The official Venezuelan delegation designated by President Guaidó and the National Assembly, and composed by the Deputy Presidential Commissioner for Foreign Affairs Isadora Zubillaga, Deputy Mariela Magallanes and Deputy Williams Dávila, held meetings with five of the seven parliamentary groups of the European Parliament, including the Socialists (S&D), the Popular Party (EPP), the Greens, the Conservatives, Renew and the Italian party Cinque Stelle, in the framework of the resolution presented by the different groups supporting Venezuelans and our fight for democracy.
The resolution that will be voted on tomorrow, Thursday 16th January, stresses that the events that took place on the 5th in the National Assembly are considered an attempt at a parliamentary coup by the illegitimate and usurper regime of Nicolás Maduro, and that these acts curtail the democratic and constitutional functioning of Parliament; it also expresses the recognition of Juan Guaidó as President of the Assembly and interim President of Venezuela.
In a day in Strasbourg of 18 meetings and one session, the official delegation reported on the constitutional procedures carried out on 5th and 7th January as well as denouncing before the European Parliament the military takeover of the seat of the National Assembly by more than 3.000 officials of the repressive bodies of Maduro’s regime and the systematic attacks on Parliament and its deputies, with special emphasis on the disappearance of deputy Gilber Caro, the prison of deputy Juan Requesens, the international protection of deputy Freddy Guevara, the injured and persecuted deputies, and the more than 30 deputies in exile, in the voice of those directly affected.
Within the diplomatic agenda, there were meetings with different political groups and MEPs who promoted the presentation and whom the Deputy Commissioner thanked on behalf of Venezuela and President (E) Juan Guaidó, for their willingness and commitment to the democratic rescue process taking place in the country, among others the meetings held with: Javi López MEP from the Socialist Group; Jordi Cañas MEP from the Renew Group; Antonio Tajani MEP from the Popular Group; Hermann Tertsch MEP from the Conservative Group and Maite Pagazaurtundúa MEP from the Renew Group.
Meetings were also held with MEPs: Michal Simecka from Slovakia, Lefteris Christodoulou from Cyprus and Laura Farrara from Italy, who belong to the three European Union countries that do not yet recognise Juan Guaidó as the President in charge, but who have expressed their support for the Venezuelans, as well as being urged by the Resolution to recognize the legitimate President of Venezuela.
After a successful agenda, the members of the official delegation took part in a plenary session with the Renew Group were, at the invitation of the Euro-deputy Jordi Cañas, they expressed what had happened in the National Assembly and the next actions to be taken with the International Community.
It should be noted that the vote for the approval of the resolution is scheduled for tomorrow, Thursday January 16th, and has the backing of great majority of the European Parliament.