The President of France expressed to the leader of the Venezuelan regime his desire to “talk a little more” to find a solution to the Venezuelan crisis< /i>
French President Emmanuel Macron and his Venezuelan counterpart Nicolas Maduro talk at the COP27 summit, in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt November 7, 2022. Miraflores Palace/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.
Emmanuel Macron and Nicolás Maduroheld a brief conversation on Monday in Sharm el Sheikh, the Egyptian city that is hosting the 27th UN Conference on Climate Change (COP27).
The president of France and the Venezuelan dictator met in one of the corridors of the climate summit and shook hands for a long time. During the handshake, Macron expressed his desire to “talk a little more and begin bilateral work that is useful for the country and the region.”
He also pointed out that “the (European) continent is recomposing itself.”
Maduro and Macron also spoke about the bilateral cooperation agenda between Venezuela and France, as well as actions to combat climate change, according to the TeleSur network.
“Excellent handshake with the President of France Emmanuel Macron, within the framework of COP27, which is undoubtedly a meeting point between governments and countries of the world. The doors of Venezuela are open to the French people”, the Venezuelan dictator tweeted later.
This Sunday it has transpired that next week the president of Colombia, , will meet in Paris. Gustavo Petro, and the leaders of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador; Chile, Gabriel Boric, and Argentina, Alberto Fernández under the auspices of French President Emmanuel Macron, as facilitators of the dialogue between the Maduro government and the opposition.< /p>
Representatives of the Venezuelan regime and the opposition could also participate in this meeting to address the situation and collect proposals to restart contacts in Mexico and seek a negotiated solution to the Venezuelan political crisis.
Maduro also met this Monday with the President of Suriname, Chan Santhoki, and with the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, the Venezuelan Presidency reported.< /p>
For his part, this Monday Canada said it “encourages” Maduro to “immediately” resume negotiations in Mexico with the opposition, which have been suspended since the end of 2021.
A spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Canada declared to the EFE agency that the best solution for the crisis that Venezuela is experiencing is one that is negotiated with the opposition.
“For this reason, Canada supports a return to the stalled negotiation process organized by Mexico and facilitated by Norway. Canada encourages the Maduro delegation to return to these negotiations immediately,” said Jason Kung, a spokesman for the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The international community asks the Maduro regime to return to the dialogue table with the opposition in Mexico (EFE/José Méndez)
The Chavista dictatorship and the opposition began the dialogue in August 2021 in Mexico, but, three months later, Caracas suspended the meetings in protest at the extradition to the United States of the Colombian businessman Álex Saab, pointed out as Maduro's figurehead.
The Canadian Executive indicated that it is “deeply concerned about the erosion of democracy in Venezuela” as well as the destabilizing effect that the displacement of 7.1 million Venezuelans who have left their country due to the political and economic crisis.
Canada has denounced the Maduro regime before the International Criminal Court (ICC) for human rights violations in Venezuela and has imposed several rounds of sanctions against Venezuelan authorities.
But the last time Ottawa imposed sanctions against Venezuela was more than three years, in June 2019, when Chrystia Freeland was foreign minister.
Since Freeland left the ministry in November of that year, Canada has not issued new sanctions against the regime of Maduro.
With information from Europe Press and EFE