CARACAS.— Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza condemned statements made by the President of the United States, Donald Trump, regarding a possible military intervention in Venezuela, and called for the support of the Venezuelan people, who mobilized in a march in the capital this August 14.
“The stronger the imperialist threat, the more the people will take to the streets and demonstrate that we are a sovereign and dignified people,” he said during the anti-imperialist mobilization.
Representatives of social organizations, movements, and different sectors participated in the march, which surrounded the headquarters of the Venezuelan government to reject the recent warmongering threats of the U.S. President against the South American nation.
Arreaza asserted that the United States would have to reflect on its threats after statements in support of Venezuela were made by international organizations, Latin American governments, and the giants China and Russia, AVN reported.
“He will have to reflect and hopefully, as Comandante Hugo Chávez said and as President Nicolás Maduro has understood, we can establish relations of mutual respect with the United States,” he added.
In this regard, he stated that Venezuela is ready to defend its sovereignty through dialogue and understanding or by any other means.
“Here is our outstretched hand if they want to take it, if not, there is also a fist willing to defend the homeland of Bolívar and Chávez,” he added.
The Foreign Minister’s remarks come several days after Trump asserted that Washington has “many options” for dealing with the situation in Venezuela.
Trump did not rule out a “military option” against the country. “We have troops all over the world in places that are very, very far away. Venezuela is not very far away,” he stated, as reported by RT.
Meanwhile, also on August 14, Venezuela’s Executive Vice President, Tareck El Aissami, categorically rejected the statements of an interventionist nature made by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence referring to the country.
In a series of messages on social media, he condemned the position of the Vice President, who during a meeting with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos reiterated Washington’s intention to politically, economically, and diplomatically isolate Venezuela.
“From Colombia Vice President Mike Pence issued interventionist statements that we categorically reject. We are not your backyard, Mr. Vice Imperialist,” El Aissami tweeted.
He stressed that the recent attacks by the U.S. government did not detract from the democratic and peaceful will of the more than eight million Venezuelans who participated in the July 30 elections to elect members of the National Constituent Assembly. (International news staff)