Maduro and Macron meet briefly at climate summit

CARACAS (HPD) — Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Egypt on Monday, where the heads of state expressed their willingness to strengthen bilateral ties and work together for more harmonious relations.

The brief dialogue between Macron and Maduro, broadcast on Venezuelan state television, was generated within the framework of the international climate summit COP27 that takes place in the Egyptian resort of Sharm el Sheikh.

Macron, who in the past has been the target of virulent criticism from the Venezuelan ruler, indicated that the American continent is “putting itself back together” after years of tensions, and Maduro in response expressed that in this way, “France has to play there a positive role”.

“Excellent handshake with the President of France Emmanuel Macron. The doors of Venezuela are open to the French people,” Maduro commented on his Twitter account.

The governments of Caracas and Paris distanced themselves in 2019 after the French recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who declared himself interim president as head of the legislature, arguing that Maduro was re-elected in fraudulent elections. Guaidó has since seen his support erode nationally and internationally.

The meeting took place a week after the founder and general director of the Paris Forum for Peace, Justin Vaïsse, indicated that a meeting is being promoted between the heads of the delegations of the Venezuelan government and the opposition groups, allies of Guaidó. The forum, which takes place on November 11 and 12, is promoted by Macron.

In that meeting, on the sidelines of the Forum, Jorge Rodríguez, president of the National Assembly of Venezuela and head of the Maduro government delegation, and Gerardo Blyde, representative of the so-called Unitarian Platform, a bloc made up of members of the opposition who in 2021 they tried to dialogue with representatives of the socialist ruler in Mexico. The meeting, however, would not be a negotiation as such, but rather a show of support from Macron to resume the dialogue process, according to the promoters.

Maduro confirmed to Macron that Rodríguez will travel to Paris and assured that he can “speak with absolute confidence” with his representative.

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