Japanese FM concerned over Venezuela’s worsening situation

TOKYO, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono on Tuesday expressed concern that worsening economic and social situations in Venezuela have seriously affected the Venezuelan people, particularly those in vulnerable situations, and that waves of people fleeing Venezuela are causing region-wide impact including neighboring countries.

“We have repeatedly expressed concerns about the deterioration of the economic and social conditions and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela,” Kono said in a statement. Kono said Japan has repeatedly urged the Venezuelan government to fulfill its accountability for the doubt of the international community about the legitimacy of the elections following the presidential elections last May.

On Januart 23, Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro Maduro was sworn in for a second term despite his disputed re-election last year. Tensions has risen in the South American country after Juan Guaido, an opposition leader and National Assembly President, declared himself the Interim President on Jan. 23. “We support the will of Venezuelan people seeking recovery of democracy based on its constitutional order,” said Kono, demanding free and fair presidential elections.

Source: Kuwait News Agency