Turkey praises Venezuela for ‘peaceable’ elections

Turkey praised Venezuela at present for its latest elections. Turkey continues to boast of excellent ties with Venezuela, which is topic to US sanctions.

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs mentioned the elections befell in a “peaceful manner” and lauded the participation of the Venezuelan opposition within the contest.

“We are pleased that the local and regional elections that were held in Venezuela on 21 November 2021 have been conducted in a calm and peaceful manner with the wide participation of the opposition as well,” learn a press release from the ministry.

The ruling socialist celebration of President Nicolas Maduro carried out effectively within the regional elections, whereas the opposition led by Juan Guaido did poorly.

Turkey and Venezuela have developed good relations lately. The Bolivarian Republic’s international minister visited Turkey final month, the place he pledged to develop “deeper” relations in funding and commerce. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu additionally traveled to Venezuela in 2020. Turkey additionally despatched coronavirus-related support to Venezuela final yr.

Conversely, the United States sanctions Venezuela and helps Guaido. Washington is especially involved about Iranian gasoline deliveries to Venezuela. In June, the US navy issued a warning relating to an Iranian warship reportedly headed to Venezuela.

The US State Department known as Venezuela’s elections “flawed” in a Nov. 22 press launch.

“The Maduro regime deprived Venezuelans yet again of their right to participate in a free and fair electoral process during Venezuela’s November 21 regional and local elections,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned within the assertion.

Blinken alleged that the outcomes had been “skewed” attributable to criminalization of the opposition, arbitrary arrests and harassment of civil society activists.

Turkey and the United States are NATO allies, although relations have been tense lately, together with over US assist to Kurdish teams in Syria. The US authorities has not commented on Turkey’s relations with Venezuela.