Venezuelan Ministry for Foreign Affairs , through Deputy Minister for Europe, Yván Gil, delivered a letter of protest to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic on Monday, expressing its firm condemnation and rejection of the conduct assumed by the French ambassador accredited in the country, Romain Nadal, who last February 11 received at the Simón Bolívar International Airport the deputy Juan Guaidó, in a clear strategy of provocation, interference andj meddling in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
In the letter delivered at the Yellow House, in Caracas, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry emphasized that Ambassador Nadal makes abusive use of the privileges granted by the Venezuelan State for his status as a diplomatic official, and that his recent actions violate international conventions on customs regulating peaceful coexistence between nations.
Viceministro para Europa, Yván Gil, entregó una nota de protesta al Ministerio de Europa y de Asuntos Exteriores de la República Francesa, en la que expresa su firme condena y rechazo a la conducta asumida por el embajador francés acreditado en el país.#SomosPatriaInexpugnable pic.twitter.com/m8er4GEsiO
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It also reminds the French government that according to the Vienna Convention, in its preamble, “immunities and privileges are granted, not for the benefit of individuals, but in order to ensure the effective performance of the functions of diplomatic missions as representatives of the States.”
Article 41 of the aforementioned Convention states that “without prejudice to their privileges and immunities, all persons who enjoy these privileges and immunities must respect the laws and regulations of the receiving State” and that “they are obliged not to interfere in internal affairs of that State.”
At a press conference with international media last Friday, February 14, the president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro, said that the corresponding responses will be evaluated for those international officials accredited in the country who interfere in the affairs of the nation, in reference to the actions of Ambassador Romain Nadal.
In the document delivered by Deputy Minister Gil, the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs also reiterates to the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs of the French Republic, its high and distinguished consideration, in favor of the good relations that must exist between sovereign states.
Translated by JRE/EF