The Government of Nicolás Maduro has rejected on Saturday the decision of the United States to include Venezuela in its list of “major drug transit countries”, in which are other countries such as El Salvador, Colombia, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras or Panama.
“The Government of Venezuela once again rejects the immoral and interventionist practice of the dominant US elite, seeking to evaluate other sovereign countries in the implementation of their public policies and whose results only reflect the political interests of the nation American and reproduce a narrative built for convenience, “collects a statement published by the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
“Venezuela is a country that fights firmly against drug trafficking and whose work in this area is carried out within the corresponding multilateral parameters,” the statement said.
Given this situation, the Government of the country has decided to reject “the attempt to politicize a problem that takes thousands of Americans’ lives annually due to the lack of effective public policies designed to reduce domestic consumption.”
These criticisms come after the United States applied new sanctions against the South American country. Venezuela’s attorney general, Tarek William Saab, described this Friday as “criminal aggression” and “genocidal action”.
“I want to condemn … the new attack, the new criminal aggression, genocidal, of the US Administration,” he told a news conference, according to the Venezuelan newspaper ‘El Universal’.
The political crisis in Venezuela worsened on January 10, when Maduro decided to start a second six-year term that does not recognize the opposition or much of the international community because they believe that the presidential elections of May 20, 2018 were a fraud.
In response, Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president on January 23 with the aim of ceasing “usurpation”, creating a transitional government and holding “free elections.” It has been recognized by the United States, numerous Latin American countries, as well as several Europeans, including Spain.
Meanwhile, more than four million Venezuelans have left the country in recent years because of the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. The United Nations has warned that, if the trend continues, by the end of 2019 they could add more than five million.