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Washington endorses Samantha Power's criticism against Venezuela

The US Department of State's deputy spokesperson stressed that the US would keep on expressing "concerns when there is credible evidence that fundamental freedoms are not being respected in any country"

EL UNIVERSAL
Friday July 19, 2013  05:17 PM
The US Department of State on Friday advocated the statements issued on Wednesday by the US ambassador nominee to the United Nations, Samantha Power, which were rejected by Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

Marie Harf, the Department of State's deputy spokesperson, endorsed Power's remarks, who during her confirmation hearing at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee pledged to respond to the "crackdown" on civil society taking place in countries like Cuba, Iran, Russia, and Venezuela, EFE cited.

"Samantha Power is an incredibly competent and outstanding nominee. We fully stand by her," Harf said in a daily news briefing.

"Consistent with US principles, we will continue to encourage respect for fundamental freedoms and democracy around the world."

"When it comes to Venezuela, we will continue to voice our strong support for strengthening democratic institutions, respect for freedom of expression, protection of civil society, and improved national dialogue."

The official stressed that the US would keep on expressing "concerns when there is credible evidence that fundamental freedoms are not being respected in any country."

"We continue to seek a functional and productive relationship with Venezuela, and we remain open to a dialogue on a range of issues of mutual interest. Those include counternarcotics, counterterrorism, and the commercial relationship, including energy," the spokesperson underscored.
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