The new charge d’affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Calixto Ortega. (

April 26, 2013 (TSR) – An indispensable condition to improve relations between Venezuela and the US government is respect for national sovereignty, the new charge d’affaires of the Venezuelan Embassy in Washington, Calixto Ortega, said Thursday, reiterating the countries will for smoother bilateral dialogue.

“We know that it will not be a bed of roses, but we also have the push of goodwill from many sectors in the US and the best possible will manifested by the Venezuelan government begin to open those channels, with respect, especially on the issue of sovereignty,” he said.

In an interview with the TV channel Venevisión, Ortega recalled that Venezuela – US relations have historically been marked by commercial exchange.

“We have been an important supplier of oil, Venezuela has refineries there, we serve more than 8,000 gas stations in the US and they supply us in various areas such as information technology,” he said.

Meanwhile, the new embassy chief reasserted the international policy sustained by the government of President Hugo Chávez regarding the promotion of a multi polar world, saying this means “we open the doors to relations with many other countries as well with total and absolute sovereignty.”

Ortega said his agenda and strategies are being defined in the Foreign Ministry and that he will leave for the United States in the coming weeks.

Last Tuesday, President Nicolas Maduro, during a meeting with governors held at the presidential palace, announced Ortega’s designation as charge d’affaires for Venezuela in Washington.

Maduro said “We had been evaluating for some time, given that we don’t have ambassadors, naming a charge d’affaires at our Embassy in Washington, and I have decided to name Deputy Calixto Ortega as the new charge d’affaires so that he can increase dialogue with US society, the academic world, unions, commercial and economic sectors, the US government.”

Ortega is a lawyer and deputy for the Latin American Parliament for Venezuela on behalf of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).


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