Venezuela strongly condemned the approval of the Nica Act in the United States House of Representatives, a bill that would impose economic and financial sanctions on Nicaragua.
The bill would “damage the will toward coexistence and dialogue, that is expressed by the people of Latin America and the Caribbean, and who aspire to have relations of respect and equality with their neighbor in the North,” a statement by the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said.
“The Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela expresses its absolute solidarity and loyalty with the noble Nicaraguan people, before this new onslaught of U.S. imperialism against the free and sovereign people of Nicaragua,” the statement continued.
The Foreign Ministry also recognized the “sustained economic progress” that the Nicaraguan people have achieved under the leadership of the Sandinista government.
The Nicaraguan Investment Conditionality Act of 2017, which is known as the Nica Act, was approved unanimously by the House of Representatives last week, and would sever the Nicaraguan state from accessing international financial loans.
The bill, promoted by the very country that funded far-right paramilitaries to overthrow the popular revolutionary Sandinista government in the 1980’s, launches accusations at the government of Daniel Ortega for supposed “violations of human rights and retrogression of democracy”
The widespread support for the attacks on Nicaraguan sovereignty within the U.S. government are widely seen as a way of attacking key allies and supporters of Venezuela, of which Nicaragua is one.
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