President Rafael Correa announced that next Thursday the foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations (Unasur for its Spanish acronym) will held a meeting in Montevideo. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare a presidential summit of the group, which is expected to respond to the “interference” of the United States in Venezuela.
“On Thursday the Unasur foreign ministers will gather in Montevideo to prepare a summit of heads of state next week and we willgive the appropriate response to this grotesque, illegal, shameless, outrageous, unjustified US interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Correa said at a press conference in the city of Guayaquil.
These statements were given after the US President Barack Obama on Monday declared a state of “national emergency” because of the “extraordinary risk” the situation in Venezuela would mean for the US security. He also ordered the implementations of sanctions against Venezuelan officials, recently approved.
“It is extremely grave what has happened” with the “executive order” that has “a level of law” and the power to “punish, nothing less than all voters of (Venezuelan President Nicolas) Maduro,” said Correa, who also asked: “who can believe that Venezuela is a threat to the US national security? Who in their right mind can believe such a thing?.”