The Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Félix Plasencia, urged this Friday to join forces to condemn the unilateral coercive measures that have intensified in the context of COVID-19.
This was stated during his participation in the XXII Meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), which is held in Buenos Aires.
“It is incomprehensible that at this time of the global situation in the COVID-19 pandemic there is a resurgence of unilateral sanctions and the blockade against sister countries present here,” stressed the Venezuelan Foreign Minister.
Likewise, he reiterated President Nicolás Maduro’s proposal to create a General Secretariat of the Celac, in order to “further stimulate exchange between all the countries of the region.”
Similarly, he called for the strengthening of multilateralism in the face of inequalities accentuated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For this reason it is time to strengthen multilateralism. We reiterate that other threats to the peace and stability of our nations persist today (…) For this reason, it is necessary to continue defending the principles of International Law enshrined in the United Nations Charter and in the presidential statements of the Celac ”, held the Minister for Foreign Relations.
Promotion of Latin American and Caribbean integration
The Foreign Minister insisted that Venezuela “once again commits itself to continue promoting Latin American and Caribbean integration, and to strengthen ties with extra-regional partners, such as the African Union, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation and India, among others. ”.
“For this reason we support and call on the sister nations of Latin America and the Caribbean to support the cooperation initiatives that are get proposed together with extra-regional and intra-regional partners,” he added.
At the end of his intervention, he predicted many successes for the management that has just started by the Pro Tempore Presidency of the Argentine government. “We are sure that it will give continuity and consolidate the Celac.”