“These new appointments are in addition to those already made by the Venezuelan Parliament under the tutelage of Juan Guaido,” said the statement of the National Assembly.
Rabat – Juan Guaido‘s interim government in Venezuela is fulfilling its commitments to restore diplomatic ties with Morocco.
The National Assembly, under the leadership of majority leader Juan Guaido, announced the appointment of Jose Ignacio Guedez as a plenipotentiary ambassador to Morocco.
The assembly appointed the ambassador during a plenary session on Tuesday, March 19.
Five others also received appointments as diplomats for Europe and North Africa.
According to a statement from the National Assembly, “These new appointments are in addition to those already made by the Venezuelan Parliament, under the tutelage of Juan Guaido, president (E) and head of the National Assembly.”
Guedez is the secretary-general of the leftwing Venezuelan Radical Cause (La Causa R) party and president of the Ibero-American Association for the Democratic Cause (ACDI).
The appointment followed Juan Guaido’s promises to restore diplomatic ties with Morocco after a decade of tension between Venezuela and Morocco over the Western Sahara conflict.
After declaring himself interim president of Venezuela, Guaido said that Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s position on Morocco has not been beneficial for both counties.
In March, Guaido expressed gratitude for Morocco’s support for “the aspirations of the Venezuelan people” after he spoke with Morocco’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita in January.
During the conversation, Bourita said that Morocco supports all the actions Guaido is taking for the legitimate aspirations of the Venezuelan people for democracy and change.
Following Morocco’s comments, Guaido expressed special thanks to Morocco.
Morocco broke ties with Venezuela in 2009 because of its support for the Polisario Front.
Senior officials from Guaido’s interim government promised that the cabinet wants to turn a new page with Morocco, promising to reconsider Venezuela’s recognition of the self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR).