Madrid rispetta il processo politico in corso in Venezuela e desidera la pace nel Paese sconvolto da gravi turbolenze politiche. Lo ha detto l'ambasciatore spagnolo in Venezuela, Jesus Silva. "Madrid rispetta il Venezuela, che è un Paese molto amato e molto vicino alla Spagna: rispettiamo tutti i processi interni e il nostro desiderio è che ci sia pace, sostegno e riconciliazione tra i venezuelani, consentendo lo sviluppo e la prosperità del Paese". L'opposizione interna e diversi Paesi stranieri hanno rifiutato di riconoscere la legittimità della neoeletta Assemblea costituente. All'inizio di questo mese, il primo ministro spagnolo Mariano Rajoy aveva affermato che le autorità spagnole non riconoscevano l'assise, ritenendo illegali e non democratiche le decisioni alla base della sua istituzione contrarie "alla volontà dei cittadini venezuelani".

Madrid respects internal processes taking place in Venezuela, and wishes peace to the Latin American country embroiled in domestic political turmoil, Spanish Ambassador to Venezuela Jesus Silva said Tuesday. Venezuela plunged into turbulence in March, when the Venezuelan Supreme Court decided to restrict the power of the legislature. The decision was immediately reversed amid a backlash, but supporters of the parliament, who strive for the dismissal of the court members, took to the streets, marking the start of deadly protests which have so far claimed lives of over 120 people. "Spain respects and admires Venezuela, it is a country much loved and very close to Spain, we respect all the internal processes, and our wish is that there is peace, support and reconciliation between the Venezuelans, enabling development and prosperity of the country," Silva said, as quoted by El Nacional newspaper. The protests were fueled by the National Constituent Assembly election, initiated by Maduro with the intention of rewriting the constitution of the unsettled nation. Venezuela's opposition as well as the number of foreign countries have refused to recognize the body's legitimacy. Earlier this month, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reiterated that the Spanish authorities did not recognize the Constituent Assembly, elected in July, or any decisions it made, considering them illegal and undemocratic, as well as contradicting "the will of Venezuelan citizens."