Inter-Parliamentary Union begins official visit to Venezuela this Monday

This Monday the official delegation of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), led by its president, Duarte Pacheco, arrives in the country to hold a meeting with authorities of the Legislative Branch, including its president, deputy Jorge Rodríguez and its first vice president, Iris Varela.

The IPU delegates will develop an intense work agenda, between August 23 and 27, following the invitation made by the president of the National Assembly (AN), during his visit to the IPU headquarters in Geneva last April.

Bolivarian Diplomacy of Peace:

The activities of the IPU delegation will begin this Monday with the official reception of its president, Duarte Pacheco, scheduled for 10:30 am along with the rest of the delegation, to hold meetings with the Venezuelan group before the IPU, in addition to the Special Commission for Dialogue, Peace and Reconciliation of the AN.

Accompanying the President of the IPU on this visit are Deputy Juan Pablo Letelier, a member of the Executive Committee, the Vice President of the Human Rights Committee, Senator Alejandra Reynoso; Nassirou Bako-Arifari, president of the Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians, Samuel Cogolati, a member of the aforementioned commission, as well as Esther Anyakun Davinia, of the Executive Committee of the IPU.

The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) is the only organization that represents the legislative branch on a global scale, and aims to foster cooperation between its 179 national member parliaments and 13 regional bodies.

It is also expected for the distinguished visitors to meet with the parliamentary benches and representatives of the Public Powers of the country, including the National Electoral Council (CNE) and the Moral Power.

The truth of Venezuela:

It is worth noting that the visit of the president of the AN, Jorge Rodríguez, to Geneva on April 11, accompanied by deputies from the Homeland Bloc and the opposition bench, took place after the installation on January 5 of the new AN, in order to strengthen relations at the parliamentary level.

At the time, Rodríguez pointed out that the meeting sought to publicize «the truth of Venezuela beyond the media and the cunning attacks» against the Bolivarian nation.

«We have extended an invitation for a delegation from the IPU Executive Committee to visit our country and know the truth of Venezuela (…), and learn about the work for peace and reconciliation that the new AN has undertaken”, he stressed at that time.

Duarte Pacheco is a member of the Social Democratic Party of Portugal, a center-right organization, while Juan Letelier represents at the IPU the Chilean center-left movement, the Socialist Party of Chile.

For her part, Alejandra Reynoso is a member of the Christian social party National Action Party of Mexico, better known as PAN, and Ester Davinia is a member of the Ugandan Left Movement of National Resistance.

Samuel Cogolati, of Belgian origin, represents the Ecolo Party of Belgium (Ecologist Party) and the former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Benin from 2011 to 2015, Nassirou Bako, is from the Amana Alliance Party.