The Embassy of the interim government of Venezuela in Spain yesterday made a consultation to the Government of Pedro Sánchez, specifically the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on whether Juan Guaidó was recognized as the president in charge, after the president of the Spanish Executive branded him at the Plenary Session of the “opposition leader”.
The Venezuelan legation by Antonio Ecarri confirmed to ABC that they consulted the Foreign Ministry about whether there had been any change in their policy on the young opponent and the South American country regarding Sanchez’s intervention in the first control session of the legislature and was informed that “there has been no change” with the treatment of Juan Guaidó. In fact, they insisted that in other interventions of the head of the Spanish Executive in the same session he referred to him as president in charge.
From the headquarters of the United Nations in New York, the Foreign Minister, Arancha González Laya, had to leave this Thursday to clarify before the media the new nuances in the appointment to the interim president. «Juan Guaidó is two things at once: the president in charge and the leader of the opposition in Venezuela». He also said that “beyond terminology, his department is working to seek consensus within Venezuela to hold free and transparent elections.”
Although more than 60 countries recognize the young man as the country’s interim president, including Spain, which was the first European country to recognize him, Sánchez has changed his foreign policy towards Caracas after the scandalous meeting in Barajas of the Minister of Development, José Luis Ábalos, and Venezuelan Vice President Delcy Rodríguez
. Previously, Pablo Iglesias, his government partner, had already done so, that days prior to Guaidó’s visit to Madrid, he reduced his position to a simple Venezuelan opposition leader and was seconded by former president José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, an ally of Nicolás Maduro.
The relationship between the Government of Sánchez and Guaidó is questioned by the Venezuelan opposition from the moment the head of the Spanish Government did not receive him in La Moncloa, but delegated his duties to the Foreign Minister. Cayetana Álvarez de Toledo, spokesman for the PP in Congress, demanded from Sanchez a rectification that La Moncloa has not wanted to offer so far. .