Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro announced Tuesday his decision to name National Assembly representative Calixto Ortega as charge d’affairs for Venezuela in the United States.
“For some time I have been evaluating naming a new charge d’affairs at our Embassy in Washington and I have decided to name Deputy Calixto Ortega as the new charge d’affairs so that he can increase dialogue with US society,” Maduro said at a meeting with governors at Miraflores Presidential Palace in Caracas.
Dialogue in the US, he said, should include “universities, the academic world, the social world, unions, the African-American community, the Latino community, the Congress, senators, representatives, the economic world, economic and commercial sectors with which we have relationships.”
“Calixto Ortega is a man with a lot of experience and knowledge of US society and we believe he can play an important role in bringing the truth about Venezuela [to the United States] to continue opening up understanding so that, sooner rather than later, there is respect for Latin America, the Caribbean, respect for the Bolivarian Revolution.”
The head of state said that the Venezuelan government wants to have the best possible relations with all governments around the world, including the United States, but on the basis of respect.
“There cannot be any type of threats,” he said.
To the US government, Maduro said: “If you want to have relations based on respect, conversations, cooperation, that's welcome.”
AVN/ Press – Venezuelan Embassy to the US/ April 24, 2013