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On Foreign Minister Maduro's reaction to Hillary's Globovisión interview

Dear Minister of the Popular Power for Foreign Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro:

I would like first of all to thank you for having favorably received, toward the end of last year, my opinions regarding the restablishment of diplomatic relations with the United States of America, as also did the team of the then President elect of that country, Barack Obama. On behalf of many Venezuelans and of many U.S. citizens of both Hispanic and Anglo descent, I sincerely value your efforts to improve the relationship between both governments.

In the United States there has certainly been a misunderstanding not only about the Venezuelan reality, but also about the reality in the rest of the planet until quite recently. The acceleration of globalization during the last two decades; however, has already started reversing their unawareness for all things foreign. Every time more U.S. citizens learn languages such as Spanish or Chinese and submit their passport applications in order to travel to foreign countries. The most recent example of this learning process can actually be seen on the Globovisión news network interview to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who documented herself before the interview, learn the exact date of our independence and congratulated us for our most important national holiday at the beginning of her interview. I consider this detail as friendly toward our country.

The U.S. Secretary of State explicitly acknowledges the right that Venezuela and other countries have to maintain relations with other nations, particularly with Iran and Cuba. What she clarifies is that there are issues on Venezuelan foreign policy that the United States do not agree with. Similarly, the Venezuelan government emits opinions against or in favor of specific actions regarding U.S. foreign policy. Both nations sovereignly have spaces to emit either their support or opposition toward a number of issues in foreign policy. Furthermore, in the United States they could argue that in Venezuela continues the generations old practice of discrediting anything that may come from the United States democracy.

I agree with all of you that is is quite difficult to believe in the sincerity of the intentions to restore any bilateral relationship as so many previous misunderstandings persist. However, as the legitimate diplomats representing all Venezuelans, including those who openly sympathize with the U.S. institutions and economic and technological achievements, and also those who amply question them, you at the Ministry of the Popular Power for the External Relations of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela have the duty of not being afraid to the negotiations that you are undertaking with the U.S. authorities. You have the duty to clarify which kinds of future signals from the United States would not be qualified as awkward and aggressive towards Venezuela, Latin America and the Caribbean.

We maintain the hope that once more frequent clarifications and amendments are proactively established among both parties, we will approach the common objective that you seek: “for the good of the relationship bewteen the government of the United States and the Bolivarian government of Venezuela.”