Venezuela’s Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Nicolas Maduro, met with the U.S Ambassador to Venezuela, Patrick Duddy, to deliver a note of protest related to statements made U.S. State Department official Mark C. Toner on March 24, 2010 regarding a decision taken by a Venezuelan court.
Maduro requested a meeting with Ambassador Duddy to protest and condemn the “new interference of a U.S. official in the internal affairs of Venezuela.”
The note expresses that the Venezuelan government “sees with displeasure and astonishment how an official of the U.S. State Department, without considering international law, declares against the actions of the Venezuelan judiciary and expresses his own opinions regarding a domestic actor in Venezuela.”
Furthermore, the Venezuelan government demands that “the U.S. State Department immediately stop these interventionist actions, broadly rejected by our government as well as by the governments of the region.” Moreover, Venezuela expects that the positions of mutual respect such as those expressed by Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela to Minister Maduro in a recent phone call prevail in the relations between both countries.”
During the meeting Minister Maduro and Ambassador Duddy also talked about bilateral issues and agreed to keep communication open in both Caracas and Washington. Finally, Minister Maduro ratified to the U.S ambassador Venezuela’s demands of respect and to non-intervention in internal affairs of Venezuela as the basis for future relations between the two governments.
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the U.S, Press and Communications Department / March 25, 2010