Iran’s destabilizing tactics

Updated 05 February 2017
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Iran’s destabilizing tactics

This refers to the report: “Iran world’s biggest state sponsor of terrorism: US” (Feb. 5). Indeed, Iran is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world. It has been tarnishing and destroying the peace of the Middle East through its sectarian agenda and its proxies such as Hezbollah, Houthis and Shiite militias who are fascist factions creating havoc in Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, Iraq, Bahrain and disrupting the lives of innocent civilians. As a matter of fact, the world should curb Iran’s expansionist policies and meddling in other countries.
It has been proven that Iran has been sponsoring terrorist activities, and seen from this perspective, the superpowers should curb its illegal activities and should not seek its help in the name of fighting against terror as it is itself a rogue and terrorist state. Iran has been very rude and openly challenging the US as the report rightly states.
Instead of regretting its misconducts and terrorist activities, Iran has shown its shameless face to the world and continued its terrorist activities. From this perspective, it is high time the US took strict action against the rogue state and curbed its destabilizing activities for the sake of global peace, especially in the Middle East.


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