The Venezuelan embassy in Dominica has responded to an executive order issued by US President Barack Obama which declared Venezuela a national security threat.
“It is a very foolish statement to say that a country like Venezuela, peaceful and an integrator of nations is a threat to the most powerful country of the world.” Venezuela’s Ambassador to Dominica, Hayden Pirela, said in a release on Tuesday.
The US also put in place a set of sanctions aimed at government officials which it accused of violating human rights.
But Pirela said the US is threatening Venezuela because “we do not kneel to them.”
“These are very strong statements made by President Barack Obama in saying that Venezuela is a threat to the United States,” he said.
Pirela noted that Obama’s only objective “is to create conflicts among the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean.”
“He should choose to dialogue and not make threats. He is accustomed to listening only to the Venezuelan opposition and is not capable of adhering to the call for dialogue being made by President Nicolas Maduro,” he remarked. “We are a free and sovereign country.”
The Venezuelan government has already responded with Maduro saying the US intends to topple his government.
“President Barack Obama, representing the US imperialist elite, has personally decided to take on the task of defeating my government and intervening in Venezuela to control it,” he said in a national television address.