CARACAS, March 23 (Xinhuanet) -- A Venezuelan government official said his country would not take seriously the criticism by US Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry against the Venezuelan government and its president, saying it is just Kerry'sstrategy to get more votes.
Condemning Venezuela's President Chavez's policies as "detrimental to our
interests," Kerry said on his website (www.johnkerry.com) Monday the United
States should lead international pressure to persuade him to allow a recall
Kerry's remarks would only hold specific weight once he reached the White
House, Tarek William Saab, President of the Venezuelan National Assembly's
Permanent Commission on Foreign Affairs, was quoted as saying in an interview
published by local daily El Nacional on Tuesday.
"I think that, in any case, his victory will not mean a break-up because he
is a representative of the status quo," Saab said, adding that Kerry could
"soften the pro-war features of George W. Bush's government."
Saab denied the alleged ties between Chavez and drug-cartel chiefs, which
was another accusation waged by the US presidential candidate.
"I do not think the Kelly statement is very serious because the United
States authorities have already denied this connection," said the official.
"Kerry's strategy is to get new supporters in the Florida state," Saab
Saab said he preferred to wait until November when the US elections are
actually held and anticipated that "the Venezuelan leader will congratulate the
new president of the United States." Enditem