The president of Ecuador, Lenin Moreno, today invited his country to the self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó (photo), to receive a sample of popular support.
“I have talked with President @jguaido, I have invited him to Ecuador to receive the affection and support of a people that loves democracy,” Moreno said in a message on his Twitter account, without giving further details.
The surprise announced by the Ecuadorian president adds to the gestures that his Government has had to recognize Guaidó, although the diplomatic representation of Venezuela in Quito is still in charge of officials linked to the Executive of Nicolás Maduro.
Ecuador has also expressed its position against an eventual intervention in Venezuela, but has demanded free elections as soon as possible. The Venezuelan political crisis was accentuated last January, when the then head of the Parliament, Guaidó, announced that he assumed the functions of president in charge after ignoring the new mandate of Maduro, elected in elections that, according to him, were fraudulent.
He conversado con el presidente @jguaido. Le he invitado a Ecuador para que reciba el afecto y respaldo de un pueblo que ama la democracia.— Lenín Moreno (@Lenin) 1 de marzo de 2019
He soon appointed his diplomatic representatives in several nations, including Ecuador. On February 7, the Ecuadorian government granted the blessing to Rene De Sola Quintero as the new ambassador of Venezuela on behalf of Guaidó, although the diplomatic legation in Quito is still managed by officials linked to the Maduro government.
Ecuador has also expressed its sorrow for the crisis that is shaking Venezuela and the backlash it has received due to the increase in the migratory flow of Venezuelan citizens to the country. In this regard, the Government of Ecuador announced today that it will extend until March the declaration of emergency that it has applied in several provinces of the country since last year due to the migratory flow of Venezuelans.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs informed that the measure will be applied in the provinces of Carchi (border with Colombia), Pichincha (whose capital is Quito) and El Oro (bordering with Peru), which were the most affected a few months ago by the unusual massive flow of Venezuelan citizens.
According to figures from the Ecuadorian Foreign Ministry, in the last four years more than 1.3 million Venezuelans have entered Ecuador, of which some 250,000 still remain in the national territory. (I)