Colombian President Iván Duque expressed his disinterest in a possible meeting with Nicolás Maduro and reiterated his support and recognition of Juan Guaidó as President-in-Charge of Venezuela.
During a virtual press conference with the foreign press, he refused to meet with any official of the dictatorship and applauded the position of the United States regarding a possible meeting with the regime.
“What I have heard from the U.S. Government is that any approach to Maduro would be only with one objective and that is to get him out of Venezuela quickly and leave the dictatorship,” he said.
Duque expressed that his position regarding the political crisis in Venezuela remains firm. “I have no interest in meeting with a dictator that I denounced to the International Criminal Court and even more so when I believe that he is the most opprobrious dictatorship that Latin America has,” he said.
The Colombian president, who will reach the midpoint of his term, added that his position does not respond “to a personal or capricious position” but to a state policy, which justified the breaking-off of diplomatic relations with Venezuela on February 23rd, 2019.
“We, like Colombia, have a very clear policy: first, the government that preceded me did not recognize the results of the last election of Nicolás Maduro,” he said to explain the distance between the two countries.
He also recalled that “Nicolás Maduro broke relations with Colombia a long time ago” and that he even “expelled all diplomatic and consular personnel from Venezuela” before he became president.
With regard to the fraudulent parliamentary elections to be held by the dictatorship on December 6th, Duque assured that Colombia will continue to fight against the dictatorship.
“Obviously in Venezuela there are no guarantees for the elections to the National Assembly that would be manipulated to silence all the voices that are against the dictatorship, that is why the same opposition has said that there are no guarantees and that they will not participate in that contest,” he added.