CARACAS, Aug 12 (EFE) .- Venezuela’s foreign minister, Jorge Arreza, received the new British charge d’affaires, Rebecca Buckingham, this Thursday, to “strengthen ties” between the two countries within the framework of the honor Can you Spartan”.
“Areza has taken charge of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Rebecca Buckingham, to strengthen bilateral relations within a framework of respect for sovereignty and international law,” the Foreign Ministry wrote in its Twitter account. .
Buckingham had already been received on 5 August by the Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe, Yvan Gill, who reiterated the Caribbean country’s desire to maintain diplomatic channels with the United Kingdom.
The United Kingdom maintains its support for the opposition Juan Guaido, whom it recognizes as Venezuela’s interim president, although pressure has mounted with Nicolas Maduro’s government to define its next steps.
After recognizing Guaidó, then leader of the National Assembly (AN, Parliament), as Venezuela’s presidential charge in January 2019, the United Kingdom created a controversial “Venezuela Reconstruction Unit” with the stated mission, in line with the United States. Promote your interests in the event of a possible regime change in Caracas.
At the heart of relations between the two countries is an open trial in British courts over Venezuelan gold deposited in the Bank of England, which both Maduro and Guaidó claim.
The British government’s recognition of who is Venezuela’s president is a key element for English justice to decide which of the two sides will use the nearly $2,000 million worth of gold reserves deposited in the Bank of England. as well as up to $120 million from swaps executed by Deutsche Bank.
British Foreign Ministry legal adviser James Eddy reaffirmed the “clear and clear” position last July that the Boris Johnson executive only recognized Guaidó as Venezuela’s head of state and his powers to act as such.
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