Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro made public a letter sent to him by former Brazilian head of state Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in which he emphasizes the need for dialogue "with all democrats" at a time when the Andean country is facing a wave of protests.
In the missive, which was sent on March 5, the one-year anniversary of the death of Maduro predecessor Hugo Chavez, Lula recalls that he was always united with the late president in "the battles for a fairer and more sovereign Latin America."
Lula, who maintained a close relationship with Chavez, emphasized that since the late Venezuelan leader came to power in 1999, "Chavism" had dealt with crises and difficulties that were overcome through popular participation and respect for the Constitution.
"I have no doubt, Comrade Maduro, that that body of ideas and experiences constitutes a guide for the conduct of your government and the Venezuelan people at this delicate moment in their history. A moment at which dialogue with all democrats who want the best for the people is necessary," the former Brazilian president wrote.
"Only in that way will Venezuela achieve the dream of a fair, brotherly and egalitarian society," Lula added in the letter, which was made public by Maduro late on Tuesday.
Maduro thanked Lula for the letter by saying "muito obrigado" (Portuguese for "thank you very much").
Brazilian government sources have told Efe in recent weeks that Brazil is supporting and adhering to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of Venezuela.
Brazil's current president, Dilma Rousseff, said that the foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations could decide during a meeting on Wednesday in Chile whether to send a commission to Venezuela to analyze first-hand the situation in the country. EFE