Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro appointed Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar as a mediator to resolve the political crisis in the country on July 10. The spiritual guru will facilitate talks between the government and the Opposition.
Addressing the media, Maduro said that Sri Sri will not only help Venezuela but also Colombia in its peace dialogue with the FARC guerrilla group.
"We have agreed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will help us in the peace processes as well as help Colombia in the dialogue for peace developed between the FARC guerrilla and the Colombian government. He has also been a mediator and has helped with his methods, in multiple conflicts at an international level. He is a man essentially of peace, he insisted a lot on the philosophy of Gandhi, on peace, on non-violence, on respect for diversity, on the meeting between people, and we are dedicated to this to work for peace of our country, for the happiness of our people for the national union," he said.
On July 11, Sri Sri had also tweeted about his visit to Venezuela:
In June, Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was conferred with Colombia's highest civilian award for his contribution to peace issues around the world, particularly in the Latin American country. Fabio Raul Amin Saleme, President of the House of Representatives, Congress of Colombia presented 'Orden de la Democracia Simon Bolivar' award to Sri Sri while highlighting his achievements in peace matters through his foundation, The Art of Living. The award is in recognition of his peace work around the world, with special reference to his work in Colombia through his foundation.