Venezuela’s Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe, Yvan Gil, this Thursday received Britain’s new charge in Caracas, Rebecca Buckingham, to whom she reiterated the Caribbean nation’s desire to maintain diplomatic channels.
“The Deputy Minister of Europe, Yvan Gil, has received a new UK Charge d’Affaires, Rebecca Buckingham, to whom she reaffirms the national government’s willingness to keep diplomatic channels and cooperation open with the UK,” the UK Foreign Office wrote. Indonesia.
Britain has maintained its support for opposition Juan Guaido, whom it recognizes as Venezuela’s interim president, although pressure has grown to determine its next steps with Nicolás Maduro’s government.
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After recognizing in January 2019 Guaido, leader of the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) as president in charge of Venezuela, Britain, in line with the United States, created the controversial “Venezuela Reconstruction Unit” with an alleged mission to promote their interests in the face of possible change. regime in Caracas.
At the center of relations between the two countries is open litigation in British courts over Venezuelan gold held in the Bank of England, whose authority is claimed by Maduro and Guaido.
Who the British Government recognizes as president in Venezuela is an important element for British Justice to decide which of the two parties can access the nearly $2 billion gold reserves held in the Bank of England, as well as about $120 million of swaps made by Deutsche Bank.
James Eadie, the UK Foreign Office’s legal adviser, last July confirmed the “clear and unambiguous” position that Executive Boris Johnson only recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s head of state and his power to act as such. EFE
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