The governments of Morocco and Canada stressed on Friday from Rabat their support for the President of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó.
This was expressed in a joint appearance by Moroccan Foreign Minister Naser Burita and his Canadian counterpart, Francois-Philippe Champagne, visiting the country.
“From the first days, Morocco has expressed itself in favor of the aspirations of the Venezuelan people, and will continue to work for a peaceful solution that respects the choice of the Venezuelan people,” the Moroccan minister said.
Burita congratulated Guaidó on his re-election on January 5th last as president of the Venezuelan parliament, while reiterating that Morocco “will continue to support” the interim president.
Despite these words, the Maghreb country has not withdrawn its diplomatic recognition of the representative of the government of Nicolas Maduro, as is the case in several European countries.
“Morocco condemns all the manoeuvres which tried to prevent the holding of these elections,” Burita said, referring to the difficulties imposed on Guaidó to gain access to the parliament where the vote for his re-election as head of the chamber was scheduled to take place.
Burita added that he will “have contact this weekend” with the Venezuelan opposition, a contact that will probably be by means of a telephone call, according to Efe from sources close to Guaidó.
The two Moroccan and Canadian ministers agreed in affirming their support to the Lima Group in the Venezuelan crisis and their willingness to coordinate and exchange experiences to find a way out.
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The Canadian foreign minister also reiterated his country’s support for Guaidó, whom he will receive early next week in Ottawa.
“The situation in Venezuela worries us,” lamented Champagne, who cited as an example the waves of “massive emigration” of Venezuelans to other neighboring countries.
Champagne assured that his country believes “strongly in democratic values, respect for the Constitution and the will of the Venezuelan people,” as a basis for reaching a solution to the internal crisis that has lasted a year.