On the 5th of July 1811, the Declaration of National Independence of Venezuela was signed. Today the date marks the national holiday of the country.

On the occasion of the Proclamation of Independence (1811) the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Republic of Bulgaria – H. E. Mrs. Orietta Caponi, and her husband, Mr. Juan Miguel Diaz Ferrer, gave a reception at their residence in Sofia. Among the guests were ambassadors, representatives of the senior state administration, public figures, friends of Venezuela.

In her greetings to the attendants, H. E. Mrs. Orietta Caponi said: "Today, on the 5th of July we, the Venezuelans, celebrate 207 years from the signing of the Act proclaiming Venezuela's National Independence. Our spiritual father, Simon Bolivar, managed to win a victory in the war of independence, which led to a final break with the Spanish colonial ties. The process of independence, however, is a long way that is not yet over".

She stressed that even now the Venezuelans continue to fight "any foreign interference". The sanctions, the financial and commercial blockade imposed from outside, and the ensuing difficulties will not prevent them from asserting their freedom and independence. She urged the EU institutions to deepen the constructive dialogue and the development of friendly relations and cooperation with Venezuela: "We want representatives of the European Union to go to Venezuela and establish direct contacts, not only with the Venezuelan government, but also with the ordinary people from our country in a broad and open dialogue, and then make their own conclusions".

Her Excellency highlighted: "Our model of social policy is a participatory democracy that builds and enriches representative democracy, putting people at the center of public debate through social organization and collective decision-making on community issues, all together with transparent, reliable and audited election processes. We have proved that we have a strong democracy despite the manipulations and the false information circulating around our country. Over the past 19 years, we have held 24 elections through an electoral system whose efficiency and transparency is recognized worldwide and is a benchmark for many democratic states. The last presidential election was held on the 20th of May this year. All these elections were largely attended by the Venezuelan people, who showed that most of them wanted the problems to be solved in a peaceful and democratic way.

The Bolivarian model creates a new global environment that respects self-determination and the right of people to live in peace and to build their own destiny. It is a multi-center and multipolar world characterized by solidarity, cooperation, integration and fair trade that does not serve any paradigms and imperial pretensions...

Every nation has the right to solve its own problems without threats or external pressure. We, the Venezuelans, respect the freedom and independence of all people. That is why we want just the same... "

The guests then enjoyed traditional Venezuelan dishes and Bulgarian wines in the coolness of the residence's garden.

The photos are provided by the Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Above: The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela to the Republic of Bulgaria – H. E. Mrs. Orietta Caponi, with some of her guests in front of the Monument to the Liberator Simon Bolivar in the courtyard of the residence