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Mexico: AMLO maintains hands-off approach to Venezuelan crisis02:52

Mexico: AMLO maintains hands-off approach to Venezuelan crisis

Mexico, Mexico City
January 24, 2019 at 21:13 GMT +00:00 · Published

Mexico is adopting a position of non-intervention with regards to the political stand-off in Venezuela, confirmed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador while speaking in his daily news conference in Mexico City on Thursday.

"Article 89 of our constitution stipulates that in foreign policy we must conduct ourselves with the principles of non-intervention, of self-determination of the pacifistic soul of the controversies," said Obrador echoing earlier statements made by his foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard.

"Mexico is not going to join the repudiation," Ebrard had said earlier in the presser, making it clear Mexico was not joining the US, among others, in recognizing opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.

On Wednesday, Guaido declared Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro's inauguration illegitimate and swore himself in as interim president, prompting both pro and anti-government protests.

Within 24 hours, a number of countries, including the United States, recognized Guaido's presidency, prompting Maduro to cut diplomatic ties with the US and give US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

Mandatory credit: Presidencia de la Republica de Mexico

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Mexico is adopting a position of non-intervention with regards to the political stand-off in Venezuela, confirmed Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador while speaking in his daily news conference in Mexico City on Thursday.

"Article 89 of our constitution stipulates that in foreign policy we must conduct ourselves with the principles of non-intervention, of self-determination of the pacifistic soul of the controversies," said Obrador echoing earlier statements made by his foreign secretary Marcelo Ebrard.

"Mexico is not going to join the repudiation," Ebrard had said earlier in the presser, making it clear Mexico was not joining the US, among others, in recognizing opposition leader and head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido as the interim president of Venezuela.

On Wednesday, Guaido declared Venezuelan President Nicholas Maduro's inauguration illegitimate and swore himself in as interim president, prompting both pro and anti-government protests.

Within 24 hours, a number of countries, including the United States, recognized Guaido's presidency, prompting Maduro to cut diplomatic ties with the US and give US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

Mandatory credit: Presidencia de la Republica de Mexico