OAS : Argentina government against Venezuela

The meeting would seek to issue a joint statement regarding the situation in Venezuela and possibly paving the way for its suspension from the body.

The Argentine mission to the Organization of American States, or OAS, called Monday night for an extraordinary meeting of the organization’s permanent council this Wednesday in order to analyze the political, social and economic situation in Venezuela, a move Caracas has slammed as “foreign intervention.”

According to media reports, the meeting would seek to issue a joint statement regarding the situation in the South American country.

The new Argentine government led by Mauricio Macri has expressed hostile attitudes toward the Venezuelan government over the past few months as the new administration moves the country away from left-wing foreign and domestic policies previously implemented by the Kirchners.

Meanwhile, the head of the OAS, Luis Almagro, has invoked the procedure to open the so-called Democratic Charter against Venezuela, which could lead to the suspension of the country from the bloc.

The suspension of Venezuela from the OAS would require at least two-thirds of the body’s 35 members to vote in favor of the move. Meanwhile, Venezuela’s President Maduro has branded the move as “illegal.”

“I have called for building a powerful movement in defense of peace, independence and against foreign intervention. No to the OAS! Out with the OAS from Venezuela and America,” Maduro told a group of soldiers in a speech at the headquarters of the country’s Ministry of Defense Monday.

President Maduro’s ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) has called for mobilizations and rallies across the country Wednesday and again on Saturday in protest against the OAS’ “intervention.”

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