While the dictator of Miraflores insults, defames and expels from the country the Ambassador of Spain in Venezuela, Jesús Silva, the Secretary of State for Ibero-American Affairs, Cristina Gallach, reiterates the good relationship that the Government of Spain maintains with Antonio Ecarri Bolívar, Head of the Diplomatic Mission of the President (E) of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, before the Kingdom of Spain.
During his appearance in the Congress of Deputies, Gallach answered about his relations with Ecarri, assuring that Spain has adopted the same formula as the other countries of the EU and has underlined that it has a “splendid relationship of contacts and exchanges with him, and we hope that it will continue to be so”.
Consulted by Ambassador Ecarri on the statements of the Secretary of State for Ibero-America, he said: “Since I arrived in Spain I have maintained a very close relationship with Foreign Affairs, both with the former Secretary Juan Pablo de la Iglesia and with Secretary Cristina Gallach and with the senior officials, Director Rafael Garranzo, Lorea Arribalzaga and Laura Fernández Abad, all of whom have been very diligent about our requests for our compatriots’ claims. They keep us in permanent contact with officials from the various ministries and state agencies. The relationship is very fluid and pleasant among democrats”.
There will be no Spanish Ambassador in Venezuela
During the appearance before the Foreign Affairs Commission of the Congress, Gallach has assured that Spain will not appoint a new ambassador in Caracas and will substitute the so far ambassador in Venezuela, Jesus Silva, with a chargé d’affaires, of lower diplomatic rank, considering that the 2018 presidential elections were not “fair nor transparent”.
For Venezuela: “we have decided to appoint a chargé d’affaires and not an ambassador, this is consistent with the fact that the EU and the member states do not consider that the last presidential elections of 2018 were fair nor transparent”, she announced. The solution is the same that has been adopted by other countries such as Italy and the Netherlands, which are also not represented in Caracas by ambassadors, she pointed out.
The Charge d’Affaires is a diplomatic officer who temporarily occupies the Head of a vacant diplomatic mission. The position is normally held by the diplomatic officer at the level immediately below the Head of Mission and his appointment does not require a plaque or approval from the government of the country to which he is assigned.
Asked about the change, which was announced at the end of last September, Gallach stressed that she has “great appreciation” for the still ambassador, Jesús Silva, who was appointed by Mariano Rajoy.
“He is an extraordinary diplomat who has served and will continue to serve this government and this ministry for many years to come,” she said. Gallach has assured that the change in the embassy in Venezuela is within the norm of the diplomatic career: “ambassadors change, it is the constant of the profession”.
“Nothing is more natural than a change at a time when a situation as complex as Venezuela’s needs a diplomat as experienced, involved, energetic, and a good collaborator as the one who is going to leave”, she assured. “Don’t give it any more thought, changes are changes. Let’s work well in a country as difficult as Venezuela”, said Gallach.
The Secretary of State has explained that the decision to appoint a Charge d’Affaires instead of an Ambassador is the formula agreed upon by the EU partners, who consider that: “the conditions of representation and formal request for a placet” that demands the appointment of an Ambassador are not met.