Prime Minister unhappy with ‘boldness’ Venezuelan Consul
WILLEMSTAD – Prime Minister, Ivar Ajes did not have much to say about his conversation with the Venezuelan Consul Marisol Gutierrez de Almeida. “It's delicate. A discussion of this diplomatic level. I cannot say much about it. Except that the government is unhappy with the way the petition for endorsement of Venezuela has started. We as a government have not even met the new Consul,” said the Prime Minister during the weekly press conference of the Council of Ministers.
The interview between the Prime Minister and the Venezuelan Consul took place earlier this week. When asked what the content of the meeting between the two was, the Prime Minister referred to the press release of the government, which was published on March 26 on this website.
The Prime Minister stressed that Curaçao is a neutral territory and it is not desirable to influence the population in a diplomatic issue. But there is freedom of speech. That should also be respected.
Asjes also said that he had thoroughly reviewed the matter and concluded that the action is a campaign that was launched worldwide. Not only here in Curaçao.
The new Venezuelan Consul started, a day after taking office, a petition against the statements of U.S. President Barack Obama, who said that Venezuela is a threat to the United States.
The Venezuelan Consulate was still open for the possibility to sign the petition, even after the conversation with the Prime Minister.
An interesting detail in this case is that in 2013 the Venezuelan consul was expelled from the United States after a diplomatic row between the two countries.