Al Assad weighs asylum in Cuba, Ecuador or Venezuela
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has expressed outspoken support to his Syrian counterpart, the newspaper remembered
Last week, Syrian Minister of Foreign Affairs Faisal al Miqdad held meetings in all of the three Latin American countries and brought classified letters from Al Assad to each of the presidents.
The Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed daily newspaper El Universal that Al Miqdad handed over a letter for Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, received by him before heading for Cuba last Wednesday for his cancer treatment.
A Venezuelan government spokesman told Haaretz that Al Assad's notice referred to the "personal relationship between the two presidents" and that the visit of the Vice-Minister showed the close bilateral ties.
Syrian Ambassador to Venezuela Ghassan Abbas also confirmed the Israel newspaper that
Al Miqdad contacted Venezuelan officials in Caracas. However, he claimed to have no knowledge of the content of the letter signed by Al Assad.
Since the beginning of the conflict in Syria, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez has expressed his outspoken support to his Syrian counterpart. In addition, Venezuela has sent oil and fuel to Syria quite a few times, the newspaper remembered.
According to Haaretz, which does not quote any sources, the Foreign Vice-Minister held similar meetings last week in Havana and Quito.
José Vicente Rangel clearly said: "We are not conducting negotiations threatened with a gun in the head." He warned behind closed doors in the midst of the social upheaval occurred during the oil strike in 2002 and 2003. Dissenting Timoteo Zambrano answered back that no other option was available: "The thing is that otherwise, you do not negotiate."