Brussels ready to invite Maduro to the EU-Latin America summit in July

In July the EU-Latin America summit is held, the first event of the Spanish Presidency. The European Crisis Management Commissioner, Janez Lenarcic, has shown his integrative position on the possible presence of Nicolás Maduro, president of Venezuela

The European Crisis Management Commissioner, Janez Lenarcic, has advocated an “integrative approach” for the EU-Latin American leaders’ summit on July 17 and 18 in Brussels, the first major event of the Spanish Presidency of the Council, thus opening the door to invite the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.

“We are in favor of adopting anEU-Latin America Summit, European Crisis Management Commissioner, Janez Lenarcic, integration, Nicolás Maduro, integrationist position, July 17 and 18 in Brussels, first event of the Spanish Presidencynclusive approach to participation in the summit,” Lenarcic assured in an interview with Europa Press prior to the donor conference in Venezuela, when asked about the potential presence of Maduro.

The commissioner has insisted that the July meeting will be an opportunity to exchange points of view on the shared agenda between Europe and Latin America and on issues of common interest, “as well as on issues of interest on which we disagree and hold different positions”.

In any case, as he stressed, each regional bloc will ultimately be in charge of inviting its members for the July summit.

Dialogue in the focus of integration

On the other hand, he has called on the Venezuelan government and opposition to advance on “crucial political issues” in the framework of the negotiations taking place in Mexico, after reaching the first agreements on humanitarian matters last year.

Lenarcic has indicated that despite the first steps taken in the dialogue last November, “there are more crucial issues of a political nature that need to be addressed.”

Brussels defends that the negotiations between Venezuelans is “the only way” to a sustainable way out of the crisis but stresses the need to make progress, after having expressed its willingness to adapt the position of the EU to the new reality in the South American country.

“We ask the parties to negotiate in good faith and agree on solutions that best reflect the interests of Venezuelans,” reiterated the community responsible for humanitarian management.

Source: dpa

(Reference image source: European Council / Mario Salerno, Europa Press)

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