Venezuela’s self-declared interim government is making multiple statements about its need to restore diplomatic ties with Morocco.
The diplomatic representative, Carlos Scull, said that Guaido and his government “want to establish cooperative relations with Morocco.”
In a statement to Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), Scull, who is representing Guaido in Peru, spoke with Morocco’s Ambassador to Peru Youssef Balla.
The Venezuelan diplomat noted Guaido’s appreciation of Morocco’s position, saying Morocco was the “first African country to support the government of President Juan Guaido.”
Morocco has only vaguely intimated that it supports Guaido. After the government of Guaido expressed hope to restore diplomatic ties with Morocco, Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita held a phone conversation with Guaido.
During the conversation, Bourita informed Guaido that Morocco backs all the actions Guaido “is taking for the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people for democracy and change.”
Scull described Morocco’s support as important, emphasizing that Nicolas Maduro’s regime “had affected the Venezuelan people and seriously damaged” the country’s international diplomatic ties.
“This regime has maintained poor relationships with several democratic countries,” he added.
Scull emphasized that Venezuela hosts the “largest Moroccan community in Latin America.” He added that both Venezuela under Guaido and Morocco “maintain strong relations of friendship.”
More than 50 countries have recognized Guaido as the legitimate interim president of Venezuela since he made his declaration last month.