The Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab, and the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó – NATIONAL COMMUNICATION CENTER OF VENEZUELA
The Foreign Minister of the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab, has transferred the self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, the “firm support” of Downing Street to a “peaceful transition” in the Caribbean nation, as part of the meeting who have held this Tuesday in London.
Guaidó has met with Raab with the aim of “strengthening ties with the United Kingdom and agreeing to further cooperation to curb the enrichment of the dictatorship” of Nicolás Maduro, as reported by the National Communication Center, which serves as the press office of the leader opponent
The meeting was also attended by the Secretary of State of the Foreign Office for Europe and America, Christopher Pincher, and, accompanying Guaidó, his presidential deputy commissioner for foreign relations, Isadora Zubillaga, and his ambassadors in the United Kingdom, Vanessa Neumann, and the United States Carlos Vecchio
“We are absolutely delighted that Juan is here,” Raab said in press statements with Guaido, reiterating the “strong support” of the United Kingdom to the opposition leader as interim president to achieve a “peaceful transition.” “We will support you in the best way we can,” he said.
In a subsequent statement, Raab has condemned “what the Maduro regime is doing to threaten democracy” in Venezuela, ensuring that the United Kingdom will work with its international partners to “put an end to this heinous crisis.”
Guaidó, for his part, thanked the United Kingdom for its support of the Venezuelan “struggle”, recalling that the European country has always been “a very important partner” for Venezuela.
“You have taken the lead in the sanctions against the usurper regime, always clear in the defense of our democracy and our Human Rights. You have also been the European leaders in financing humanitarian aid,” he said, according to the Center of National Communication
Guaidó said that during the meeting with Raab “closer cooperation was agreed to fight corruption and stop the enrichment of the Maduro dictatorship.”
“This cooperation will include more support for financial intelligence to find stolen goods, as well as sanctions for human rights abuses and corruption,” he said.
In addition, he has promised that, once in power, he hopes to reach “new agreements with the United Kingdom benefiting our countries in trade and investment, in innovation and technology, in energy and infrastructure.”
“Just as we count on you now, in our fight for freedom, you can count on us in a free and prosperous Venezuela,” he assured Raab.
Shortly afterwards, Guaido has been received by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as indicated by the National Communication Center via Twitter, although the details of this meeting are unknown at this time.
Guaidó left Venezuela on Sunday for Colombia to start a new international tour. On Monday, he participated in the III Hemispheric Conference to Combat Terrorism, in which he met with Colombian President Iván Duque, and with the Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, among other leaders.
From Bogotá he left for London, on his first trip to Europe. On Wednesday he will be in Brussels, where he plans to meet with the EU's top representative for Foreign Policy, former Spanish minister Josep Borrell. On Thursday he will travel to Davos to participate in the World Economic Forum.
Guaidó will also visit Spain, where he will be Saturday and Sunday to hold various meetings, including with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González, and with the Venezuelan diaspora.
Guaidó is expected to return to Venezuela but there is still no specific date. On the 23rd, the first anniversary of his self-proclamation as “president in charge” will be accomplished without having achieved his main objective: to overthrow the Government of Nicolás Maduro.
Guaidó has highlighted what he achieved this year, including his recognition by more than 50 countries, although he has acknowledged that it has not been enough and has extended his hand to the entire Venezuelan opposition – also those most critical of him – to agree on the 'road map' that leads them to “free” elections.