Astana peace process

Updated 25 January 2017
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Astana peace process

This refers to the article “Iran’s regional agenda threatened by Astana process” (Jan. 25) by Osama Al-Sharif. The article was very informative and balanced. Ankara’s and Moscow’s efforts should be appreciated regarding the Syrian peace process, as the six-year war has devastated everything in Syria, taken innocent precious lives and displaced more than a million.
It is evident that Iran will not be happy with the proceeding of the Astana peace process, as it has been stoking regional sectarianism via its fascist factions such as Hezbollah, the Revolutionary Guards, Shiite militias, the Houthis, etc. In Syria, Hezbollah is playing a fascist role under Iranian auspices. So it is natural that Tehran may not like the Astana process as it may fear that it will lose control over Syria. Iran’s main plan is to spread the Shiite sect globally, for which it has been stoking disturbances in Yemen, Iraq, Syria and Bahrain.
Iran must remember that it should maintain good relations with its neighbors for its economy to prosper. Killing innocent civilians, looting their properties, abducting children and women, raping women and suicide attacks via its fascist proxies will not benefit Iran. Russia and Turkey must curb the fascist activities of Hezbollah and other Shiite militias so peace in Syria is not jeopardized. Peace there will benefit the whole world. Sanity should prevail in Iran.
Apart from Russia and Turkey, powers such as Germany, France, the UK and US should take an interest in solving Syria’s aggravated problems so permanent peace can prevail. Russian President Vladimir Putin must be neutral and support just causes only, so the fascist agenda of Iran and its Shiite militias will not sabotage the Syrian peace process.


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