EU Mission Meets With Venezuela Defense Minister, Supreme Court
Caracas, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 15th Jul, 2021 ) :European Union election experts met with Venezuela's defense minister and Supreme Court president, at a time when the opposition is demanding the release of a top leader accused of terrorism and treason.
The EU representatives arrived in Venezuela a week ago to study the possibility of sending a mission to observe mayoral and gubernatorial elections in November, following an invitation from President Nicolas Maduro.
"We reiterated our democratic calling and the fundamental role the (armed forces) play in guaranteeing peace." Venezuela's armed forces are the main authority backing Maduro's continued hold on power, despite pressure from the opposition and international sanctions.
Earlier, the EU delegation met with the Supreme Court leadership.
"Our goal is peace and respect for the will of the people," said court president Maikel Moreno in a statement released by the body, which is dominated by Maduro loyalists.
The EU has not responded to AFP requests for comment on the meetings.