Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza held a meeting with Portuguese Foreign Affairs Minister Augusto Santos Silva on Monday, February 24, where they discussed issues of interest to both nations, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry reported through its Twitter account.
At the meeting, both diplomats reiterated their willingness to continue working on consolidating bilateral relations. There were no comments to the press after the meeting or if the security incident with TAP Airlines was addressed.
#VIDEO | Canciller Jorge Arreaza, sostuvo una reunión bilateral con el ministro de Asuntos Extranjeros de la República Portuguesa 🇵🇹, Augusto Santos Silva.#FestivalRecreativoCarnaval2020 pic.twitter.com/ivce4gJUx8
— Cancillería Venezuela 🇻🇪 (@CancilleriaVE) February 24, 2020
The meeting was held during the 43rd Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council held in Geneva, Switzerland.
The meeting was held amid tensions between both countries, after Maduro’s government decided to suspend TAP Porgugal Airlines operations for 90 days in Venezuelan territory due security irregularities connected with deputy Guaidó’s arrival in Venezuela last February 11th.
Guaido’s name was not on the passenger list of TAP’s flight and liquid explosives were found in Guaido’s uncle belongings according to Venezuelan authorities.
Translated by JRE/EF