Venezuela rejects Chilean foreign minister’s meddling statements

Minister of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs Jorge Arreaza rejected on Tuesday the statements made by his Chilean counterpart Andrés Allamand on the presidential pardon granted to members of the Venezuelan opposition to strengthen national union, and his questioning about the legitimacy of the forthcoming elections.

On his Twitter account @jaarreaza, the Venezuelan diplomat urged the Chilean authorities to respect the sovereignty of the Venezuelan people and “to tackle the neoliberal tragedy imposed on the Chilean people.”

“Who do you think you are to try to validate elections in Venezuela? You are part of a deeply unpopular government in its origin and actions,” stressed Arreaza.

The presidential decree announced on August 31 grants a pardon to 110 right-wing politicians, including 23 main and 4 alternate legislators.

The pardon includes Freddy Guevara, Mariela Magallanes, Freddy Superlano, Américo de Grazia, Carlos Lozano, Jorge Millán, José Brito, Richard Blanco, Tomás Guanipa, Luis Stefanelli, Carlos Paparoni, Juan Andrés Mejía and Miguel Pizarro, among others.