Within the framework of the 75th Period of Sessions of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN), this Wednesday a meeting was held, via videoconference, between the president of the Bolivarian republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, and the secretary general of the highest international organization, António Guterres, who discussed the importance of strengthening multilateralism in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
During the meeting, which included the participation of the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jorge Arreaza, and the Venezuelan ambassador to the UN, Samuel Moncada, the Venezuelan president presented the strategy used by the Bolivarian government to contain the spread of the disease and properly take care of the people, achieving, so far, a recovery rate of 85%, with one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.
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El Presidente @NicolasMaduro y el Secretario General @antonioguterres mantuvieron una reunión oficial en el marco del periodo de sesiones de la Asamblea General, en el 75 aniversario de la #ONU. Conversaron sobre el desafío de fortalecer hoy, más que nunca, el multilateralismo. pic.twitter.com/A8oO98G3ES
— Jorge Arreaza M (@jaarreaza) September 24, 2020
In addition, the Venezuelan head of state agreed with the UN Secretary General “on the need to guarantee treatments and vaccines for everyone,” said Foreign Minister Arreaza through his twitter account, where he provided details referring to the official meeting between both authorities.
President Maduro also presented Secretary Guterres with his proposal to create a Revolving Fund for Public Procurement in the United Nations System to guarantee access to food and medicine, financed with public resources, especially for countries that suffer economic and financial blockade by the government of the United States and its allies, such as in the case of Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.
Sostuve una Videoconferencia con @antonioguterres, Secretario General de la ONU, conversamos sobre los desafíos del multilateralismo, le reiteré la invitación para el envío de una misión de acompañamiento a las elecciones y sobre la entrega del informe “La Verdad de Venezuela”. pic.twitter.com/ddBYTNepRg
— Nicolás Maduro (@NicolasMaduro) September 24, 2020
On the other hand, he sent to the head of the UN, through Ambassador Moncada, the report “The Truth about Venezuela Against Infamy of the Lima Group” — a document prepared by the Venezuelan state systematizing the human rights response to violence promoted against Venezuela, in contrast to the report prepared by supposed paid “experts” from an “independent” international mission against the South American nation.
In this regard, he ratified Venezuela’s collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, who recently recognized the advances in technical cooperation between her office and the Venezuelan government, with which the Memorandum of Understanding signed on September 20, 2019 was renewed in recent days.
Finally, President Maduro reiterated the invitation to the UN Secretary General to send a technical commission to accompany the process of parliamentary elections that will take place in the country on December 6, in accordance with the Venezuelan constitution and legislation.
Featured image: photo courtesy of Prensa Presidencial.