The member countries of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America-People’s Trade Treaty, Alba-TCP, express their strongest condemnation of the kidnapping of Alex Saab.

Through a communiqué, Alba-TCP expressed its condemnation of the kidnapping of Venezuelan ambassador Alex Saab by the United States (U.S.).

The document issued by the Secretary General of Alba- TCP, Sacha Llorenti, emphasizes that the kidnapping of Saab, which took place on October 16, constitutes a procedure totally contrary to International Law and in violation of the Vienna Convention regarding diplomatic relations.

In this sense, the communiqué adds that what happened creates a bad precedent for the future of diplomatic law; at the same time, the regional entity urged to respect the life and physical integrity of Saab, who also represents the delegation of the Venezuelan Government in the Dialogue Table with the oppositions taking place in Mexico.

The repudiation of Alba-TCP is added to that of the Sao Paulo Forum (organization that gathers center-left political parties of Latin America and the Caribbean), which also repudiated the kidnapping of Saab from Cape Verde to the US.

“The U.S. government demonstrates once again its disrespect for international law, disregarding the immunity of a legitimate diplomatic representative, and opening a serious international precedent”, said the executive secretary of the Sao Paulo Forum, Monica Valente.

For his part, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro remarked his rejection of the statements made by the State Department Spokesman, Ned Price, saying that “it demonstrates once again that his government operates as a powerful world machinery for the systematic violation of human rights and the flagrant and permanent violation of international law at a global level”.

The head of state added that in this operation against Saab “there was no extradition order. An airplane entered, with the complicity of the outgoing Government of Cape Verde. They took him by force in an illegal, criminal manner, this is how criminals and delinquents act”, he said.