The Panamanian President, Juan Carlos Varela, stressed on Tuesday that the world will soon be able to see a "free Venezuela", because the number of countries that recognize the self-proclaimed president Juan Guaidó.
"I feel very optimistic that very soon the world will see a free Venezuela", Varela told reporters, who participated on Monday in Bogotá, Colombia, in a meeting of the Group of Lima, a forum of Latin American countries critical of the Venezuelan president, Nicolás Maduro.
Varela said that "every day more countries recognize President Guaidó", whom he described as "a brave young man who is fighting for democracy, and above all who is accompanied by more than 50 countries that want a democratic exit (to the crisis), peaceful and Venezuelan".
The Panamanian leader reiterated that he remains optimistic that "very soon Venezuela will recover full freedom and growth, and not the situation that exists today that has caused more than 3 million Venezuelans to leave their country".
Varela also said that the one designated by Guaidó as Venezuela's ambassador in Panama, Fabiola Zavarce, is going to present her credentials to the Panamanian government in the next few days.
Zavarce has already submitted copies of his credentials to the Foreign Ministry and will soon do so before the Panamanian presidency "together with the entire Venezuelan community" resident in Panama, Varela said.
On February 1, Panamanian Vice President Isabel De Saint Maló received a "courtesy visit" from Fabiola Zavarce, designated representative in Panama by the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and reiterated her endorsement of the Venezuelan parliamentary leader as the president in charge.
At the meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Chancellery headquarters, De Saint Maló ratified the position of the Government of Panama "of recognition to the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, as President in charge of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela".
De Saint Maló, who is also the Panamanian chancellor, also reiterated that time "the willingness of Panama to contribute to the exit of this crisis" in Venezuela, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Central American country said in a public statement.