The Panamanian Vice President, Isabel De Saint Malo, received this Friday in "courtesy visit" Fabiola Zavarce, appointed representative in Panama by the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and she reiterated the endorsement of the Venezuelan parliamentary leader as the ruling authority.
De Saint Malo "received on Friday the courtesy visit of Fabiola Zavarce, representative for Panama appointed by the President in Charge of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela", said a statement from the Panamanian Foreign Ministry.
At the meeting, which was held behind closed doors at the Chancellery headquarters, De Saint Malo 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 Malo, who is also the Panamanian chancellor, also reiterated "the willingness of Panama to contribute to the exit of this crisis" in Venezuela, the Central American country's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a public statement.
In addition, De Saint Malo stressed the support of Panama "for a process of democratic transition, including an early call for free elections, with guarantees and international standards and the equal participation of all political actors".
During the meeting, in which the Panamanian Vice Chancellor, Luis Miguel Hincapié, participated, they talked about the social, political and economic crisis that the Venezuelan nation is going through.
The representative designated by Guaidó thanked the Government of Panama for the support provided for the recovery of democracy in the South American country and its interest to work hand in hand to achieve a more peaceful and prosperous region, according to official information.
The Venezuelan Parliament, which has an opposition majority and has been declared in contempt of Chavismo, approved the appointment of Zavarce and the other representatives appointed by Guaidó in Argentina, the US, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras on Tuesday. , Peru and before the Group of Lima.
Zavarce assured to Acan-Efe on Thursday that "a great effort is being made" by the team of Guaidó and the Panamanian government to expedite the delivery of her diplomatic accreditation and urged the Venezuelan embassy officials in Panama to accept to the new Amnesty Law.
"This Venezuela we are going to rebuild it together and our president Guaidó is very clear on his route", said Zavarce.
The president of Panama, Juan Carlos Varela, said on Friday that the international community should help Venezuelans, themselves, to find a peaceful way out of the crisis and those positions or impositions should be avoided that have to "regret" after.
"We recognized President Maduro until January 10 but his term has expired and now he starts a de facto government, and we recognize the government chosen by the Congress that is still in force", the Panamanian president told reporters.
The political crisis in Venezuela worsened on January 23 when young opposition leader Guaidó, head of the Venezuelan Parliament, proclaimed himself interim president of the country, considering that the elections in which Maduro was re-elected in last May were fraudulent and that the president is "usurping" the power.
Guaidó received immediate support from the United States, Canada and the Group of Lima, made up of a dozen Latin American countries, such as Panama, while Maduro has the support of Mexico, Russia and China.
Guaidó, who wants to create a transitional government and call elections, offered an amnesty to the military that leave Maduro.