The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ecuador, Gabriela Sommerfeld, stated that the Government of Daniel Noboa “does not recognize” the one from Venezuela, led by Nicolás Maduro in the face of the tensions generated by the holding of presidential elections, for which the disqualification of the main opponent, María Corina Machado.
“The Government greatly defends free elections and countries that live in full democracy. Ecuador does not recognize the Maduro Government, and we have to be clear about that,” he said in an interview with the NTN24 television network, reported by the Europa news agency. Press.
During the interview, Sommerfeld indicated that Quito will not have “major contact” with Maduro as long as “free elections are not respected and democracy is lived in.”
In this sense, he pointed out that will ensure and support the strengthening of democracy in the countriesregardless of whether the Government is right-wing or left-wing, since “they are ultimately development models that look at how human beings can achieve a better standard of living under different formulas.”
The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility of Ecuador, Gabriela Sommerfeld. Photo: EFE
Noboa thus follows the same line of the last two leadersGuillermo Lasso and Lenín Moreno, who, in addition, were part of regional initiatives that had the objective of finding a way out of the migration crisis in Caracas.
The Government of Venezuela and the opposition signed the Barbados Agreement last October, which determined hold presidential elections in the second half of this year with international observation.
Machado, disqualified for 15 years
However, the Supreme Court upheld the disqualification for 15 years of the opposition presidential candidate, María Corina Machado.
The opponent María Corina Machado. Photo: EFE
Previously, the Ministry had shown its “rejection” to the confirmation of the disqualification, pointing out that this “decision is contrary to the spirit of the Barbados Agreements, aimed at facilitating the holding of democratic and transparent elections in Venezuela.”
“We also demand that that decision be reversed “because the procedure has been violated and the procedure means a trial, not a summary trial, not a wall,” said the head of the opposition delegation in the dialogue with the Government, Gerardo Blyde, at a press conference on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Maduro expressed his willingness to maintain dialogue with the opposition, although he accused it of failing to comply with the conditions of the pact with his alleged involvement in “conspiracies” and destabilization maneuvers, in reference to the allegations of assassination plans against him, which resulted in the arrest of dozens of people, including journalists, former soldiers, lawyers and activists.
Last week, the Chavita regime carried out a broad purge in the ranks of the army: it arrested and retired 33 officers, including generals, for conspiracies by planning terrorist actions to attack the Maduro government.
Reports of assassination are frequent in Chavismo, which celebrates 25 years in power in 2024 and its continuity is at stake in elections that do not yet have a date.
With information from agencies