Caracas, August 5 (EFE). The Venezuelan Deputy Foreign Minister for Europe, Ivan Gill, received today, Thursday, the new Chargé d’Affairs of the United Kingdom in Caracas, Rebecca Buckingham, who reiterated the will of the Caribbean. Country to maintain diplomatic channels.
“The Deputy Minister for Europe, Evan Gill, received the new British Chargé d’Affairs, Rebecca Buckingham, to whom he reiterated the national government’s willingness to keep diplomatic and cooperative channels open with the United Kingdom,” the Foreign Office wrote. Twitter.
The UK has maintained its support for opposition Juan Guaido, who it recognizes as Venezuela’s interim president, despite mounting pressure to determine his next steps with Nicolás Maduro’s government.
After recognizing in January 2019 Guaidó, Speaker of the National Assembly (AN, Parliament) as the responsible president for Venezuela, the UK, in line with the US, established the controversial “Venezuelan Reconstruction Unit” with the purported mission to advance their interests in the face of potential regime change in Caracas.
At the heart of relations between the two countries lies an open lawsuit in British courts over Venezuela’s gold deposited in the Bank of England, which Maduro and Guaido both claim.
Who the British government recognizes as president in Venezuela is an important element of English justice to decide which side has access to gold reserves, estimated to be worth about $2,000 million, held in the Bank of England, as well as $120 million from a swap executed by Deutsche Bank.
James Eddy, legal adviser to the British Foreign Office, last July reiterated the “clear and unambiguous” position that Boris Johnson’s chief executive only recognizes Guaido as Venezuela’s head of state and his powers to act as such. EFE
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