Middle East peace

Updated 24 November 2012
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Middle East peace

This is with reference the report, “Obama asked to work for Middle East peace” (Nov. 9 ). It is fact that in his first term the president ended the US military intervention in Iraq and pledged to bring back all the US combat troops from Afghanistan by 2014. Obama must keep his promise. But, there must not be any confusion about the fact among US policymakers or governments and leaders in Western countries that the peace they seek worldwide, will simply not come about from meting out bad treatment to people, especially Muslims, such as in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and other places. Lasting peace will not come as long as their home lands remain under occupation as in Palestine by Israel, in Iraq and Afghanistan by US and its associates. Long sufferings of people who deserve self-determination but have been denied the same for decades are bound to breed hatred and revenge for their miserable conditions. — Naser Mullah, Riyadh


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia