Paraguay corrects the Washington Post on alleged oil negotiation with Guaidó

The Paraguayan government came up against an investigation by the Washington Post and denied having reached an agreement with the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on an outstanding debt of 290 million dollars, contracted for the purchase of oil in 2004

The Paraguayan government denied having reached an agreement with the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó on an outstanding debt of 290 million dollars, contracted for the purchase of oil in 2004, in response to an article by the American The Washington Post on alleged corruption.

«The authority with which we speak (Guaidó) does not exercise territorial control. So, we cannot talk about an agreement. (Nicolás) Maduro is the one who has territorial control of Venezuela, “Ernesto Villamayor, spokesman for President Mario Abdo Benítez, said at a press conference.

Paraguay denied the alleged irregularity

The Paraguayan official came up against an investigation by the Washington Post in which he refers to an alleged plan to allocate a commission of 26 million dollars to lawyers managing an eventual agreement between Paraguay and the interim presidency of Guaidó, which would include a reduction of the 50% of the debt.

«I am not aware of any irregular maneuvering around this issue. Whether they pay their attorneys too much or too little, it’s their problem. Whether or not it is convenient for them to make a 50% reduction is their problem, “he remarked.

For several analysts and the media, the statement by the Chief of Staff of the Presidency, Juan Ernesto Villamayor, is a confirmation that Guaidó’s emissaries did offer Paraguay to reduce its oil debt.

G. Febres

With information from agencies, The Washington Post, other international and national media

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