, Jan 6 () –
The president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Jorge Rodríguez, has demanded the release of Alex Saab, alleged front man of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, by the United States authorities as a condition for the resumption of dialogue with the opposition in Mexico .
“Do you want dialogue? Immediately release Alex Saab to join the dialogue table with the Venezuelan opposition,” said Rodríguez, who has also urged an end to the “theft” of economic funds by the country’s opposition .
In addition, the President of Parliament has criticized Norway and the United States – the main promoters of the dialogue table – for sponsoring the meeting and later “sabotaging it internally.” “Enough of hypocrisy,” he demanded.
“Do not go to a dialogue and then internally sabotage that same dialogue. Do not propose a dialogue and then attack it directly as the Prime Minister of Norway did, as did the United States Department of Justice, which committed the atrocity of kidnapping a diplomatic representative of Venezuela (in reference to Saab), “he asserted.
Rodríguez, recently ratified in office, has launched this message just one day after the US State Department urged the Venezuelan authorities to return to negotiations in Mexico.
“We call on Nicolás Maduro to rejoin the negotiations in Mexico, and to do so in good faith for the benefit of the Venezuelan people,” the US body said in a statement.
Maduro established a series of dialogues with the Venezuelan opposition in Mexico in mid-August, although these were finally suspended after Saab’s extradition to the United States despite being considered a member of Venezuela’s diplomacy.