PRESS RELEASE 73
U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela visits Spain
10/04/2019

The United States Special Representative for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, visited Spain on 10 April. During his stay, he held meetings with the Secretary General for International Affairs, European Union, G20 and Global Security of the Presidency of the Government and with the Secretary of State for International Cooperation and for Ibero-America and the Caribbean of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation.

During these meetings, both parties have recognized their concern at the deterioration of the situation in Venezuela and the urgency of dealing with it, as well as the need for a democratic solution to the extremely serious crisis the country is suffering.

Spain has conveyed that the crisis affecting Venezuela requires a political, peaceful and democratic solution that categorically excludes the use of force and has reported on the results of the last meeting of the International Contact Group.

The Spanish administration has conveyed the Government's concern about a possible total activation of Title III of the Helms-Burton Act, which would violate the MoU signed by the US and the EU in 1998. Spain reiterates its firm rejection of the extraterritorial application of national sanctioning laws as contrary to international law. Similarly, it has been stressed that the Government of Spain reaffirms its unequivocal and resolute commitment to the defence and promotion of human rights.

Spain and the United States will continue to exchange points of view on these issues.

 

 

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