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Spain pushing EU to adopt measures against members of Venezuela's government

Wednesday, September 6th 2017 - 07:23 UTC
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The head of Venezuela's opposition-led congress, Julio Borges, visited Spain on Tuesday to meet Mariano Rajoy as part of a European tour The head of Venezuela's opposition-led congress, Julio Borges, visited Spain on Tuesday to meet Mariano Rajoy as part of a European tour

Spain is pushing for the European Union to adopt restrictive measures against members of the Venezuelan government as a way of encouraging a return to constitutional order in the crisis-hit country, the Spanish foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

 The head of Venezuela's opposition-led congress, Julio Borges, visited Spain on Tuesday to meet Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy as part of a European tour seeking support against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Maduro's government has been criticized by the United Nations, Washington and other governments for failing to allow the entry of foreign aid to ease an economic crisis, while it overrides congress and jails hundreds of opponents.

“Against the progressive worsening of the situation in Venezuela, the Spanish government is pushing ... for the adoption of restrictive, individual and selective measures, which don't hurt the Venezuelan population,” the ministry said in a statement.

The Spanish government was working with its partners in the EU on these measures and was in constant contact with other Latin American countries, the ministry said.

After the meeting with Borges, the ministry underlined Spain's support for a peaceful, democratic solution and called for the release of all political prisoners.

Spain's foreign minister, Alfonso Dastis, also met representatives of human rights activist Lilian Tintori, the wife of Venezuela's best-known detained political leader, who was barred from flying out of the country to join Borges on the tour.

Venezuela's foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, criticized the opposition leaders' meeting with Rajoy, saying they were unpatriotic in backing sanctions that he said would hurt the Venezuelan economy.

“@marianorajoy assaults Venezuelan dignity, representing the worst colonial past, defeated and expelled by our Liberators,” Arreaza tweeted on Tuesday.

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  • gordo1

    Does anybody pay much attention to what Spain suggests?

    Sep 06th, 2017 - 01:37 pm 0
  • DemonTree

    The EU does, but not Venezuela. Naturally their foreign minister tries to pretend that sanctions on members of the government would damage the economy, and accuses Spain of colonialism.

    Sep 06th, 2017 - 10:55 pm 0
  • gordo1

    In Latin America, I mean!

    Sep 07th, 2017 - 07:03 pm 0
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