Venezuelan Foreign Minister says discussed humanitarian aid with UN Chief

Venezuelan Foreign Minister says discussed humanitarian aid with UN Chief

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United Nations, Feb 12 : Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza told reporters on Tuesday that he discussed with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres humanitarian aid and strengthening the cooperation between his country and the United Nations.

"We spoke about this [humanitarian aid], we spoke about deepening the cooperation with UN agencies in those sectors of Venezuelan economy that had been affected by the kind of warfare we have seen, the new kind of warfare, international economic warfare," Arreaza said. The foreign minister added that while the Venezuelan mission is in New York, they will continue to meet with a number of representatives from other UN member-states to promote Venezuela’s cooperation with the organization.

On Monday, Arreaza met with Guterres at the UN headquarters in New York at the request of Venezuela. During the meeting, the Secretary-General reiterated his readiness to provide mitigation assistance to the country’s government and the opposition.

"The Secretary-General reaffirmed that his offer of good offices to both parties remains available for serious negotiation to help the country out of the present standoff for the benefit of the people of Venezuela," the UN Spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement on Monday.

The political crisis erupted in Venezuela after the leader of the opposition-led Venezuelan National Authority, Juan Guaido, proclaimed himself the country's interim president in late January. The opposition leader was recognized by the United States and some other countries. Russia and China, as well as several other nations, have backed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as the country's legitimate president and demanded respect for the principle of non-interference in Venezuela's internal affairs. SPUTNIK