Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro meets with former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, in Caracas, Venezuela. - EFE

Former Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero reaffirmed his commitment to the process of political dialogue in Venezuela and announced that he will visit again in the coming weeks the Caribbean country; The president of that South American nation, Nicolás Maduro, said Sunday.

During his weekly television program, Maduro read a message that he had sent the mayor of the Caracas municipality and head of the official delegation, Jorge Rodríguez.

“Hello, President; We have just talked in a meeting with the ex-President Zapatero, as always will be ready for discussions and will be in Caracas in the coming weeks assuring us his commitment to dialogue, “read the Venezuelan president.

In addition, Maduro reiterated that Rodríguez held a meeting with Monsignor Claudio Maria Celli, an envoy of Pope Francisco to Venezuela to participate as a companion of the negotiations.

According to the head of state, Celli and the Pope reaffirmed their faith in the discussion table “to overcome all obstacles”, although these talks entered in December in “review phase” for non-compliance of agreements, something the parties accuse each other of and hope to resolve at these meetings.

“The discussion table will continue and the opposition has to reflect and connect with the great interests of the country,” Maduro said in a clear message to the opposition alliance Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) that has said it will not re-engage with the government until it meets what was agreed last year.

The MUD calls for an election calendar that includes the possibility of a change of government, the opening of a humanitarian channel for the entry of medicines and food that are scarce in the country including the release of dozens of opponents who consider them “Political prisoners “, among others.

These talks are also under the auspices of the Union of South American Nations and the accompaniment of its Secretary General former Colombian Ernesto Samper, and former presidents Leonel Fernández (Dominican Republic) and Martín Torrijos (Panama).

Maduro said Sunday that all the facilitators remain committed to dialogue and that he is “committed” to this initiative which, he said, is the only one that will lead the country towards peace.


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