Venezuela, note of the Prime Minister’s Office

Dalla Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri:

1 Febbraio 2019

Italy, in line with the Declaration adopted by the EU High Representative on behalf of the 28 Member States on 26 January, reiterates its utmost concern over the latest developments in Venezuela. To this end, it is recalled that Italy has never recognized the presidential elections held in May 2018 and reiterates the need to call new presidential elections as soon as possible.

Italy, as a member of the International Contact Group set up at the EU Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bucharest, is in favour of any diplomatic initiative supporting a prompt, transparent and peaceful democratic process and avoiding a stalemate in the Country, in the primary interest of all the Venezuelan people and of the large Italian community that lives in the Country.

Finally, Italy expresses the hope that any joint effort be aimed at not fueling divisions inside the Country and in the international community.

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