Venezuela - Q&A from the press briefing (18 February 2020)

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Q : The government of Venezuela accused the French ambassador to that country, Romain Nadal, of interfering in its domestic affairs after he met with Juan Guaidó. What is France’s response?

A: France rejects the Venezuelan authorities’ accusations against the French ambassador to Venezuela, which they expressed when he was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs yesterday in Caracas. The ambassador’s presence, along with that of other European diplomatic heads, at the Caracas airport on February 11 on the occasion of Juan Guaidó’s return to Venezuela was aimed solely at preventing any violence and promoting the political solution in Venezuela supported by France. It was consistent with France’s recognition of Mr. Guaidó as president of the National Assembly of Venezuela and acting president in charge of implementing the electoral process.

France reminded the Venezuelan ambassador to France of this unambiguous position when he was summoned to the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs on February 18.