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Federica Mogherini, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, held in these hours a series of conversations regarding the latest developments in Venezuela and the work of the European Union and its partners for a peaceful and inclusive democratic solution to the benefit of all Venezuelans.
Federica Mogherini coordinated the EU position, reflected in the Declaration issued this afternoon on behalf of the 28 Member States, through contacts, among others, with the Spanish and the Italian Prime Ministers, Pedro Sanchez and Giuseppe Conte respectively, the Foreign Minister of the Netherlands, Stef Blok, and senior representatives of the governments of France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.
The High Representative also talked to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, the Secretary for Relations with States within the Holy See's Secretariat of State, Archbishop Richard Gallagher, the Foreign Minister of Cuba, Bruno Rodriguez Parrilla, the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica, Manuel Ventura, and the Foreign Minister of Peru, Nestor Popolizio, in order to present the EU’s common approach to the recent developments in Venezuela and to reaffirm its support for a credible process of engagement, including through the immediate establishment of an International Contact Group.
More contacts with other international partners - including Mexico, Uruguay, Ecuador and Bolivia - are foreseen in the coming hours. The EU will continue to closely follow the situation in Venezuela, and the EU Foreign Ministers will discuss it at the informal meeting (Gymnich) next Thursday in Bucharest.