Mexican Foreign Relations Secretary Marcelo Luis Ebrard Casaubon. Photo: Portal Automotriz


The left-leaning government of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, who took office on Dec. 1, has made it clear that it will continue to support Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

In a statement issued by the Foreign Relations Secretariat (SRE) in the late afternoon of Wednesday, Jan. 23, the Mexican government stated:

“In accordance with our constitutional principles of nonintervention and self-determination of all people, as well as those of the peaceful resolution of international controversies, judicial equality of all states, and respect for, defense of and the promotion of human rights and the search for peace and international security (Art. 89, chapter X of our Constitution), Mexico will not participate in the non-recognition of the government of a country with which it maintains diplomatic relations.”

The statement went on to say that Mexico agrees fully with the United Nations’ call for all parties involved in the current political conflict in Venezuela to work to reduce tensions and to avoid any further escalation of violence or confrontations.

It also said that it agrees with the government of Uruguay, Spain and Portugal, which has called on both sides of the current conflict between Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidó, who earlier in the day proclaimed himself interim president of Venezuela, to open a dialogue to find a peaceful resolution.

Maduro began his second term as president of Venezuela earlier this month after a highly contested election late last year.

The Venezuelan National Assembly has refused to recognize the legitimacy of that election.

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