Jaime Gazmuri has been appointed as the new ambassador of Chile to Venezuela
The government of Chile aims to normalize diplomatic relations between the two countries
The Chilean government has designated Jaime Gazmuri as the new ambassador to Venezuela, with the objective of normalizing diplomatic relations. This decision comes amid a migration crisis in northern area, where numerous Venezuelans are attempting to leave Chilean territory.
Jaime Gazmuri, a member of the Socialist Party, has a broad political background. He served as a senator for 20 years and was Chile’s ambassador to Brazil during the second term of former President Michelle Bachelet (2014-2018), as reported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement. Furthermore, he has experience as the director of Chile’s National Television in 2019 and has worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and the Organization of American States (OAS).
It is worth noting that Chile has not had an ambassador in Venezuela since 2018 and only had a chargé d’affaires. This situation dates back to the disputed Venezuelan elections of May 2018 when former conservative President Sebastián Piñera decided not to appoint any ambassador to Caracas as a measure of pressure against Nicolás Maduro. Piñera was one of the most active members of the Lima Group, a regional coalition created in 2017 to support the Venezuelan opposition, but it has lost relevance with the change of governments in several countries in the region.
Jaime Gazmuri’s mission as ambassador is to restore the deteriorated relations between Chile and Venezuela. Unlike other progressive leaders in the region, Chilean President Gabriel Boric maintained a critical stance towards Maduro and the human rights violations in Venezuela. Boric has emphasized the importance of not having a double standard in respecting human rights, stating that it is necessary to condemn violations regardless of the political orientation of the country.
Meanwhile, Nicolás Maduro has referred to Boric as a “cowardly left” and has repeatedly criticized his government, which combines elements of center-left with the Broad Front coalition and the Communist Party.
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