CARACAS, Tuesday December 20, 2011 | Update

US proposes "sensible relationship despite differences"

Internationalist Carlos Romero thinks it points to reappointment of ambassadors

Chávez and Obama during their meeting in the context of the Summit of the Americas held in Trinidad and Tobago in April 2009 (Photo: AFP)
Tuesday December 20, 2011  10:00 AM

While US President Barack Obama questioned the Venezuelan government way of dealing with democracy, he stretched out his hand to cement a satisfactory relationship for the two countries, no matter the differences.

Internationalist Carlos Romero contends that the proposals made in this regard by the US president in his interview on Monday with El Universal show that President Obama "understands that in the world of today you can live together with governments which do not share the same ideological trend."

"The US government has shown that it would like to hold a mature, sensible relationship with the government of Venezuela, and at the same time, it upholds that even if they have a different international, regional or bilateral agenda, such reason is not enough for a conflictive relationship," he explained.

The internationalist declared that President Obama's remarks show the importance given to the ties with Latin America and Venezuela and his knowledge of what is going on in Venezuela.

"Obama showed that he is keenly aware of the links between Venezuela and countries which are not friends of the United States. He showed that he is keenly aware of the democratic struggle in Venezuela, of the fight of the Venezuelan opposition in order not to succumb to authoritarianism. He sends messages because he does not want relations to break up, and he gives his hand on the possibility of having ambassadors again," Romero reasoned.

The scholar also noted that President Obama put the Venezuelan case in the overall context of Latin American and Caribbean relations and he further showed that the oil issue "drives the relationship between the two countries."

Translated by Conchita Delgado

The end of a cycle

Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took to the streets of Brazil on March 13 to demand the ouster of embattled President Dilma Rousseff, carrying banners expressing anger at bribery scandals and economic woes. A banner read "We don't want a new Venezuela in Brazil."

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