Guaidó asks for support to Mexico; AMLO reiterates the non-intervention

The self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela calls on Mexico to join those who are calling for a democratic change in the South American country.

President Andrés Manuel López Obrador
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador

Juan Guaidó, self-proclaimed interim president of Venezuela, called on Mexico to join those calling for a democratic change in the South American country, but President Andrés Manuel López Obrador reiterated on Monday that he will not intervene in internal affairs of other nations.

In an interview published by the newspaper El Universal on Monday, Guaidó said that Mexico "has an important role in this process" and that "denying the crisis is not an option" for Mexicans.

"I call on all of Mexico, to stand in solidarity with the Venezuelan people, and I hope that it can be added to the voices that call for a change of democracy and freedom in Venezuela," said Guaidó.

But President López Obrador reiterated in his morning conference that his government will maintain a policy of nonintervention.

"We are very careful not to intervene in the affairs of other peoples so that we can also strengthen our sovereignty, that there is no foreign government, no hegemony that wants to interfere in internal matters of Mexico," he argued.

After Guaidó proclaimed himself president, Mexico indicated that it continues to recognize the government of Nicolás Maduro, launched a call to seek a negotiated solution to the political crisis in Venezuela and even offered its mediation.

López Obrador, a 65-year-old leftist, assumed the presidency of Mexico on December 1, giving a turn to foreign policy, especially in regard to Venezuela.

Mexico was one of the most active members of the so-called Lima Group, but at the beginning of the year it refused to sign a declaration by that group in which Maduro was called not to assume a new mandate on January 10.