Venezuela – Meeting between Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, Minister of Foreign Affairs – Statement by Jean-Yves Le Drian (Paris, 12 September 2017)


I received my Venezuelan counterpart, Jorge Arreaza Montserrat, today, for a frank and constructive meeting. I expressed to him France’s deep concern at the political, economic and humanitarian situation in Venezuela. I reiterated to him the risk of European sanctions and the need for the Venezuelan government to swiftly provide concrete signs of its willingness to relaunch negotiations with the opposition within the framework of a sincere and credible process.

I was happy to learn that dialogue with the opposition would resume tomorrow in the Dominican Republic under the auspices of President of the Dominican Republic Danilo Medina and former Spanish Prime Minister, President José Luis Rodriguez Zapatero. This is good news, which I hope will swiftly result in concrete gestures on the ground.

I reiterated to my counterpart that France, in collaboration with the EU and the Latin American countries, remained vigilant, but was ready to support this dialogue - the only way to resolve the crisis, the main victims of which are the Venezuelan people.