The first vice president of the National Assembly (AN) Iris Varela, installed the delegation of Venezuela before the Parliament of the Southern Common Market (Mercosur):

“It is time for Venezuela through her institutions to make a presence in international instances,” she said during her speech broadcast by Venezolana de Televisión.

She assured that the Parliamentary Commission will be chaired by deputy Iris Valera and by the head of delegation, Saúl Ortega. Likewise, she specified that there will be permanent commissions and a vice presidency, of which she assured the opposition parliamentarians will be in charge.

She also explained that 3 deputies will participate in the External Delegation and in the Observatory of Democracy. Varela indicated that this instance will have at least one plenary session a month.

After carrying out the installation of the Venezuelan delegation to the Mercosur Parliament, she said that said installation is the result of the effort of national dialogue, between various sectors, promoted by the President of the Republic, Nicolás Maduro.

In statements to Venezolana de Televisión, Varela highlighted the “important participation of the Venezuelan opposition, who came along the democratic path, won their well-earned positions with the elections, and today Venezuela is also integrating this chapter into Parlasur.”

She also stressed that Venezuela is in Parlasur, thanks to the efforts of Commander Hugo Chávez “who was the one who made Latin American integration efforts, who conceived the construction of a multipolar world”.

The deputy explained that the sessions will be held once a month, in person, taking into account the dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic:

We have assumed as a patriotic people, two presidencies of permanent commissions and a vice presidency that corresponds to us; that was something won by Venezuela in the trajectory of the Parliament of the South, with representation of the opposition as well, resolving our differences in the midst of diversity and betting for the health and well-being of the Venezuelan people”, he said.

She stressed that the Venezuelan commission will be in charge of “bringing the truth about Venezuela to the world,” while assuring that “we have a lot to contribute.”