The president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, denounced this Thursday that the kidnapping of diplomat Alex Saab is due to claims to prevent the country from importing food and weaken the Local Supply and Production Committee (CLAP).
“They kidnapped Alex Saab and have done everything possible to destroy the CLAP, which is the people’s food, but thanks to that today all food is produced in Venezuela,” denounced the Venezuelan head of state.
The Venezuelan president asserted that the food assistance program that is intended to be destroyed is a mechanism to alleviate the illegal sanctions imposed by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) against the country.
“The CLAP serves more than 7 million Venezuelan families (…) we will continue to insist on dialogue, work and unity in Latin America and the Caribbean,” reiterated the Venezuelan president.
On September 14, the head of the dialogue delegation of the Government of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, announced the incorporation of the diplomat Saab in the dialogue process that takes place in Mexico with the opposition.
“We report the decision to incorporate the diplomat Alex Saab as a full member of this delegation, as well as join as a full delegate to the Social Table that was approved in the partial agreement signed in Mexico,” Rodríguez announced.
Rodríguez asserted that Saab meets all the requirements to participate in the dialogue process, and also recalled his illegal detention in Cape Verde, “that punishment was perpetrated for carrying out functions that we are talking about at the Dialogue Table,” he said.
“We believe that Alex Saab is qualified and has the conditions to be part of the dialogue delegation as a full member,” explained the president of the National Assembly.