Colombian President Ivan Duque on Thursday ruled out the possibility of re-establishing diplomatic relations with Nicolas Maduro’s regime.
Duque said in an interview that what he sees in Venezuela is “a kind of schizophrenia,” recalling that it was Nicolas Maduro who decided to expel all Colombian consular officials.
“Today we see that there are very few guarantees in Venezuela for the provision of consular and other services, simply because of the constant violence that there is, by the dictatorship, against many countries that have marked a line of rejection towards the dictatorship,” he said.
The president described the expulsion of Colombian consular officials as an “atrabilliary act”, “since the consular service is to attend to fellow countrymen in Venezuela, to allow them access to the services of the Colombian State,” he added.
“Colombia does not act on a whim or in an individual manner, we have been acting within multilateralism,” and he recalled that since before his government, the Lima Group rejected “those elections that were a pantomime, an operetta, a sainete (vaudeville prank), with which Maduro intended to remain in power and continue to destroy Venezuela.”