Europe’s engagement for Venezuela

Europe’s engagement for Venezuela

I write after a week marked mostly by the crisis in Venezuela. We discussed it at length with the European Union’s Foreign Ministers during our informal meeting in Bucharest, during the Romanian Presidency of the EU, which followed the informal meeting of Defence Ministers. In Bucharest we announced the creation of an international contact group for Venezuela, which will include European and Latin-American countries, to seek a peaceful and democratic way out of the crisis. Our goal is to bring together the efforts of different countries that can contribute to a peaceful solution, towards new elections that should be held as soon as possible. Here is the press conference where I talk about it, and here is the announcement of the contact group’s first meeting, next Thursday in Uruguay. We have been working for quite a while on the European Union’s contribution to solving the crisis. Last Tuesday I discussed it with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (press release here), and in my Brussels’ meetings with the Foreign Ministers of two countries that will be part of the contact group – José Valencia of Ecuador and Diego Pary of Bolivia. Then, on Thursday, Germany, France and the United Kingdom announced the creation of a mechanism to let European firms continue their trade with Iran, as foreseen by the nuclear deal – which we want to preserve, as a pillar of our security. We – as the European Union – will accompany the work of the countries that set up this mechanism. Here is my statement. In the days we spent in Bucharest – hosted by Romania, which is holding...