The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, through the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs, delivered a protest note to the U.S. Government to reject “the recent statements made by the Department of State’s spokespeople on Venezuela.”
The note was delivered by the Director of the Foreign Affairs Minister’s Office Temir Porras Ponceleón to the Chargé d’affaires of the U.S. Embassy accredited in Caracas, Darnall Steuart.
The document states that “according to press reports, the U.S Senate ‘is just a step from confirming’ the appointment of Larry Palmer as the U.S. Ambassador to Caracas, despite Palmer’s unacceptable remarks that caused the withdrawal of the agrément granted by the Bolivarian Government in good faith. “
These statements confirm the historical line of intervention and aggression against the Venezuelan people, its institutions and democracy.
During a meeting with the leadership of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) held on Saturday, December 18, in Caracas, the Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez reiterated the Venezuelan government’s refusal to grant agrément to Palmer as an envoy of the White House in Venezuela.
“He disqualified himself (…) Then the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Arturo Valenzuela published on his website that they had approved his appointment and that he would travel to Venezuela. If he comes here, grab him, (Minister) Nicolas (Maduro), grab him,” President Chávez said.
“Give Mr. Palmer a coffee from me, and then he has to return to his country. Bye-bye,” said the Venezuelan president.
Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs / Press Office – Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ December 20, 2010