Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodríguez and other ministers from the region kicked off Tuesday a special session of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States, or CELAC, in San Salvador to discuss recent violence in the South American country.
“Arriving in El Salvador for a meeting of foreign ministers of CELAC requested by Venezuela, with the strength of the country and its constituent power!” said Rodriguez on Twitter.
El Salvador holds the pro-tempore presidency of the international organization, which was created under late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez with the support of many of the left-wing leaders within the group among the 33 countries of the region, who see CELAC as a platform to fight western and U.S. imperialism in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Salvadoran Foreign Minister Hugo Martinez said the meeting would analyze the escalation of violence instigated from abroad and unleashed by opposition groups, and the interference of the secretary-general of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro.
“We must treat things with the greatest restraint and respect between us,” said Martinez. “At the end of the day at CELAC, we must be more united.”
Caracas requested the meeting on April 25, just before Venezuela announced plans to leave the OAS, which the country has accused of trying to promote a coup against President Nicolas Maduro and allow for foreign intervention.
Almagro has repeatedly called for the Democratic Charter of the OAS to be applied against Venezuela due to its internal political situation, which would have led to its suspension from the organization.
Rodriguez has criticized Almagro, accusing him of responding to U.S. interests to destabilize her country, adding that the organization has a historical precedent of promoting interventions, coups and invasions in the region. She also has slammed the organization for its hypocrisy of constantly criticizing the political and economic crisis in Venezuela while turning a blind eye to human rights abuses in other countries.