Airport meeting lands Spanish minister in Venezuela controversy

José Luis Ábalos met Venezuela vice-president, who is banned from EU, on plane in Madrid

Opposition parties in Spain are calling on the government to explain why one of its ministers met Venezuela’s vice-president in a secretive encounter onboard a private jet at Madrid airport.

It emerged on Thursday that José Luis Ábalos, the transport minister in the leftwing coalition government and a senior member of the Spanish Socialist Workers’ party, met Delcy Rodríguez in the early hours of Monday morning.

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