US claims to have substantial issues to discuss with Venezuela
Washington is interested in getting links with Caracas back to normal
"We have important issues to discuss with the Government of Venezuela," the spokesperson told AFP. "I cannot anticipate when both governments will be prepared to exchange ambassadors."
Venezuelan Vice-President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Nicolás Maduro upheld on Monday apropos the reelection of US President Barack Obama, that his government "has no problem" to replace the ambassadors lacking in both countries for more than two years.
"We have always said that we expect that someday the relations between the US government and the revolutionary government of President (Hugo) Chávez in Venezuela (...) will be based on respect, equity among States and non-meddling," Maduro reasoned.
In the words of Ostick, "The US deems it important to hold diplomatic relations, particularly where there are bilateral tensions."
Why did Gerardo come to Caracas? One day he took the decision, handed the car keys to his father, gave him his share of the cloth business they both owned in San Cristóbal and kissed his wife and two sons goodbye. "He told us he was going to continue fighting for Venezuela," the wife says. That was in mid-2013. He has been imprisoned since May 8, 2014.