12 August 2017 | TeleSur
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has issued a statement on behalf of the nation in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent threat, vowing to defend the South American country’s sovereignty at all costs against foreign hegemony.
The newly-appointed minister also called on the international community to help defend Venezuela’s right to self-determination.
“The U.S. administration reaffirms its imperialist and neoliberal policy against the Venezuelan people,” Arreaza said during a press conference.
“The moment has come for the international community to stop U.S. aggression against the Venezuelan people.”
Thanking groups and politicians from around the world that have expressed support for Venezuela, Arreaza reaffirmed the need for global solidarity against “neo-colonial aggression.”
“As (Simon) Bolivar said, the unity of our people is part of our destiny. This is a moment of unity. Is the time for unity of the peoples of the world, especially Our America.”
Delcy Rodriguez, president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly, ANC, has announced that the political body will work alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in the face of the military threat posed by U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Friday, Trump said that the United States is exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”
Given this, “the National Constituent Assembly will act to accompany the head of state, Maduro, in the defense of our beloved Venezuela,” Rodriguez said.
The ex-foreign minister also rejected the “cowardly, insolent and vile threats of the president of the United States against the sacred sovereignty of Venezuela.”
She concluded that “offenses and aggressions against the highest levels of government will be repudiated by the anti-imperialist people of Venezuela.”
Echoing Rodriguez’s claims, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez called the U.S. president’s threat “an act of madness” and “extremism.”
“There is an extremist elite that rules the United States,” Lopez added.
Likewise, Venezuelan Minister for Communication and Information Ernesto Villegas labeled Trump’s remarks “the most serious and insolent threat ever made against Bolivar’s homeland.”
Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza is scheduled to deliver a formal response at 11 a.m. local time.
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