Speaking in an interview following the news the Guyanese fishermen and their vessels had been released, the foreign minister said he thought the “early release was a good show from the Maduro administration,” and commended Guyana’s president Irfaan Ali for his leadership and direction in this regard.
The Lady Nayera and the Sea Wolf along with their twelve member crew, were intercepted and detained by Venezuelan naval vessel Commandante Hugo Chavez GC 24, on January 21, while operating off the coast of Waini Point in Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone.
The release of the fishermen paves the way for dialogue between Guyana and Venezuela on areas of mutual interest such as the COVID-19 pandemic and Venezuelan migration to Guyana.
The Foreign Minister of Venezuela Jorge Arreaza confirmed to Foreign Minister Todd that all legal proceedings had been discontinued at the request of president Nicolas Maduro.
Guyana’s president Dr. Mohamed Irfaan Ali, extended his gratitude to the international community for adding their voices in a “very strong manner” against the detainment of the Guyanese fishermen and vessels which were released today by Venezuela.
Ali, who said he was informed that the fishermen should arrive in Guyana by the end of the week, took the opportunity to thank the international community for their help.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank all our international partners, CARICOM Heads of Government, and all of our other international partners for adding their voices in a very strong manner on this very important issue.”
The President added that he is “very grateful” for the support. He said that CARICOM was unanimous in its solidary for Guyana and its statement against the detainment was strong and direct.
“That CARICOM statement must have had an impact, so too for all the statements from our bilateral partners and our international partners,” the Guyana president said.
He added that he is looking forward to Venezuela acting responsibly and hope that they desist from interfering with fishermen or anyone conducting business within Guyana’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), which will continue to facilitate economic activities.
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