Washington, – The envoy of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó in the US, Carlos Vecchio, today presented his credentials as “ambassador” to US President Donald Trump, whose government has recognized the head of the Venezuelan Parliament as the legitimate president of That country.
A senior official of the US Administration, who requested anonymity, told Efe that “today’s meeting (between Trump and Vecchio) is part of the diplomatic credentials ceremony related to the recognition of ambassadors.”
The source indicated that, although the event was part of a wider ceremony, Trump and Vecchio “will have much to talk about given the big protests in Venezuela this weekend, the declining popularity of (Nicolás) Maduro and the continued belligerent behavior. , and the use of irresponsible foreign actors in Venezuela in an attempt to guarantee the Maduro dictatorship. “
Vecchio himself had advanced early in the morning in a tweet that Trump was going to receive him in the presidential mansion: “Today the President @ realDonaldTrump will receive us at the White House to formally accredit us as ambassador.” This is a recognition of the courage of the people of Venezuela who fight for their freedom, “he said.
The United States was the first country that recognized Guaidó, leader of the National Assembly (AN, Parliament), with an opposition majority, when on January 23 he proclaimed himself president in charge of the country, invoking some articles of the Constitution, considering it illegitimate to take possession of Nicolás Maduro on the 10th of that month, after winning the presidential elections in May that the opposition did not recognize.
In March, Vecchio announced the takeover of the nation’s military attaché in Washington, as well as another building and the consulate in New York.
In response, the Government of Venezuela denounced that its diplomatic headquarters in the United States were being forcefully occupied by “persons who have the public support of the US Government and act as its agents.”
In addition, he demanded that the US compliance with the Vienna Convention and actions to reverse that situation.
Since he was proclaimed as interim president, Vecchio has appointed envoys for 36 countries, including Argentina, the US, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Panama, Peru, Brazil, Guatemala, Paraguay, Spain, Germany , France, Portugal, Malta, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Andorra and Holland.
More than 50 countries, including those mentioned above, have recognized Guaidó as president in charge of Venezuela.