The Administration of US President Donald Trump and representatives of the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, recognized as the president in charge of fifty countries, signed a pact considered the "first bilateral agreement" in more than 65 years.
“This is the first bilateral agreement signed between the United States (USA) and the Government of Venezuela in more than 65 years. It reflects the vital and unique collaboration between our two countries, ”said the head of Cuba and Venezuela in the US Department of State, Carrie Filipetti.
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The director of the US Agency for International Development (Usaid), Mark Green, and the ambassador appointed by Guaido in the United States, Carlos Vecchio, signed the document, said the National Communication Center of Venezuela.
Green and Vecchio signed the agreement at the headquarters of the Usaid. Photo: National Communication Center
It is a pact in which the US grants 98 million dollars "to support the Venezuelan struggle for freedom and reconstruction of the country, as a result of the chaos, destruction and unprecedented humanitarian crisis generated by the usurper regime of Nicolás Maduro."
Green said the resources will go to groups that are within the country, but did not detail how they will do it. It is expected that civil society organizations, independent media, associations dedicated to supervise elections and groups that offer health aid and food to Venezuelans will receive it.
"Historical development for the interim government of Venezuela and Usaid," said Senator Marco Rubio in his Twitter account.
The legitimate government of Venezuela signed a historic cooperation agreement with the United States government. pic.twitter.com/lHac5BZKxf
– National Communication Center (@Presidencia_VE) October 8, 2019
“I have the honor of leading the first Government of Venezuela that signs this historic cooperation agreement with our friends and allies of the United States of America (…). We are entering a new stage of relationships, ”Guaidó said through a video shown during the event.
Since Guaidó, leader of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself as interim president of Venezuela, the Trump Executive has awarded a total of 568 million dollars.
"The United States is here not only during the transition but also for the reconstruction of Venezuela," Filipetti added.