- Title: International ambassadors meet with National Assembly leaders
- Date: 1st August 2017
- Summary: CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AUGUST 1, 2017) (REUTERS) VICE PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, FREDDY GUEVARA, GREETING AMBASSADORS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) AMBASSADOR OF THE UK TO VENEZUELA, JOHN SAVILLE SAYING: "I am here today precisely to support democracy in Venezuela and to help find a solution and a peaceful exit to the current crisis." FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND VENEZUELAN LEGISLATORS MEETING AROUND A TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) AMBASSADOR OF FRANCE TO VENEZUELA, ROMAIN NADAL, SAYING: "We want to have links with all of Venezuelan society and support (Venezuelans) in their efforts to overcome this crisis. There is positive energy here to overcome the crisis and the diplomats here will help, the ambassadors are here to help." FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND VENEZUELAN LEGISLATORS MEETING AROUND A TABLE (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT OF THE VENEZUELAN NATIONAL ASSEMBLY, JULIO BORGES, SAYING: "Any government that tries to do without, that doesn't appreciate the force of the vote, human rights and the law, stops being a democracy. That's why we appreciate the presence of the ambassadors here today in the session of the Assembly, and in the end, it's accompaniment to our people and furthermore a positive message." FOREIGN AMBASSADORS AND VENEZUELAN LEGISLATORS STANDING FOR PHOTOS
- Embargoed: 15th August 2017 16:59
- Keywords: Venezuela National Assembly Nicolas Maduro ambassadors
- Location: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- City: CARACAS, VENEZUELA
- Country: Venezuela
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016SBSXMV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Foreign ambassadors from four countries were present at the Venezuelan National Assembly Tuesday (August 1) to show their support for the opposition-controlled congress.
Speaking at the National Assembly, the French Ambassador, Romain Nadal, called for dialogue between the parties and stated that the diplomats are looking to generate goodwill and facilitate a political resolution, stating, "there is positive energy here to overcome the crisis and the diplomats here will help, the ambassadors are here to help."
The head of the Venezuelan National Assembly, Julio Borges, stated, "we appreciate the presence of the ambassadors here today... in the end it's accompaniment to our people and furthermore a positive message."
Meanwhile, Venezuelan security officials seized opposition leaders Leopoldo Lopez and Antonio Ledezma from their homes during night time raids on Tuesday (August 1), actions that critics of President Nicolas Maduro say are evidence of a growing crackdown by his dictatorial regime. The recently elected legislative superbody, the constituent assembly, will hold the power to dissolve the opposition-led National Assembly.
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