Friday, January 18th 2013 - 06:02 UTC

Venezuela wants best of relations with the US based on ‘mutual absolute respect’

Vice-president Nicolas Maduro said on Thursday that Venezuela is willing to have the ‘best possible relations’ with the US government as long as these are based on respect and equality. He added that it was President Hugo Chavez who instructed the newly named Foreign minister Elias Jaua on the issue.

Maduro said that Latinamerica and the Caribbean are no longer the backyard of the US elites

“President Chavez has given very precise orders, and he also instructed our new Foreign minister, our dear comrade Elias Jaua that with the government of the US we are always willing to have the best possible relations based on mutual respect and on equality conditions”, said Maduro.

The Vice-president who passed on to Jaua the Foreign ministry after six years in the post, said that the US media elite as well as its governments, sooner than later, “will have to acknowledge the new independence of Latin America”

“Latin America and the Caribbean are no longer the backyard of the US elites. Latin America is on its own path in economic and political affairs…This should give way to a new cycle of relations, respectful relations” said Maduro who is head of the Executive since Chavez left for Cuba over a month ago for his fourth cancer surgery.

“In the framework of this new reality, the Venezuelan government will always be willing to have the best possible relations with the governments of the US, at any moment”.

But, insisted Maduro “on the basis of absolute respect and non intervention in the internal affairs of our country”.  

Last 4 January Maduro revealed that at the end of November there had been three contacts between Venezuela and the US in which the establishment of improved relations in the understanding of mutual absolute respect was considered.

Maduro who considered the contacts as ‘normal’ said they involved the Venezuelan ambassador before OAS, Roy Chaderton and were specifically authorized by Chavez who remains convalescent in Cuba

Although the US remains as the main trade partner of Venezuela, bilateral relations have gone through bad moments, currently probably the lowest since the end of 2010 when ambassadors were withdrawn. Venezuela denied consent to the new US ambassador following statements before the US Congress and Washington left the Venezuelan ambassador in the US with no visa.

Likewise when the US Treasury imposed sanctions on Venezuela’s oil company PDVSA for its links with Iran and because of the situation in the Venezuelan consulate in Miami closed for over a year following Washington’s decision to expel the head of that office.

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1 reality check (#) Jan 18th, 2013 - 07:19 am Report abuse
Come off it, you made yourselfs heroes to your compatriatos by disrespecting the US and others, why the sudden change? treasury missing a lot of $US is it? try looking in Aregentina and Cuba, I would include the Swiss Banks in that too, just to be on the safe side.
2 Anglotino (#) Jan 18th, 2013 - 09:30 am Report abuse
Sure sure this is at the request of Chavez.
3 Shed-time (#) Jan 18th, 2013 - 10:36 am Report abuse
Are we defining 'respect' here as endless rants on the telly about how their presidents are donkeys, how they're cockroaches, etc.

This is all very Argentine to say one thing and do something completely different.
4 Shedtime (#) Jan 18th, 2013 - 03:30 pm Report abuse
shut up dirty british asshole!
5 GeoffWard2 (#) Jan 18th, 2013 - 08:03 pm Report abuse
” .. with the government of the US
we are always willing to have the best possible relations based on
mutual respect and on
equality conditions”.

“on the basis of absolute respect and non-intervention in the internal affairs of our country”.

Oh, I see ...
mutual absolute respect, equality and non-intervention.
I guess then that Venezuela will be seeking absolute balance in bi-lateral trade.
Chavez needs to do a bit of homework before advising the acting-President to move Venezuela from being merely 'on its knees' to becoming absolutely prostrated.
6 cornelius (#) Jan 19th, 2013 - 12:27 pm Report abuse
Venezuela seek Cuba Brazil for economic advise (Lately the Brazilian under Dilma are becoming Bolivarian) Argentina Bolivia Ecuador they will give you economic advise ha-ha.
7 BAMF Paraguay (#) Jan 19th, 2013 - 09:27 pm Report abuse
I think we can all say that Hugo is most likely dead. He hasn't made a single appearance in about 45 days. Not even giving the thumbs up or anything. Clearly he is dead, brain dead, or in a coma. I wonder what will happen when after 5 months nothing has changed. Will Mercosur suspend Venezuela as was done to Paraguay?
8 cornelius (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 03:31 pm Report abuse
No Venezuela will not be suspend from the Mercosur the Mercosur will dance around the issue and find a venue to let Venezuela stay it is very embarrassing for Brazil to admit a major foreign policy error and all those countries that are Bolivarian how can they be taken seriously negotiating any treaty around the world they cannot be taken seriously to sign any treaty how can you trust them! They broke every single rule of the Mercosur treaty.
9 commonsparrow (#) Jan 20th, 2013 - 08:59 pm Report abuse
I remember when Chavez called Bush a devil, at the UN. Even those who did'nt like Bush called it disrespectful. I remember when Chavez called Obama “the black” back in 2008. Don't worry Venezuela, the US presidents would never call your president publicly a devil or el negro like you did. The US does not do like you do.
10 Ernie4001 (#) Jan 21st, 2013 - 03:03 am Report abuse
It´s funny to see how these mokeys switch their mind.

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