MIL-OSI USA: English/Español: Rubio Warns President Biden Against Any Change in U.S. Policy Toward Venezuela

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Source: United States Senator for Florida Marco Rubio
Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) sent a letter to President Joe Biden urging him to publicly reaffirm the United States’ existing policy toward Venezuela and invite the interim government to the upcoming Summit of the Americas.  “I write to express serious concern that actions taken by your administration threaten to erode the international recognition and legitimacy of Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela and of the National Assembly,” Rubio wrote. “To avoid any confusion, I urge you to publicly reaffirm the United States’ recognition of Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela and commit there will be no change in U.S. policy so long as Nicolás Maduro continues to block free and fair elections.”  “While refusing to invite the Maduro regime to the Ninth Summit of the Americas was a justified decision, it does not overcome the damage done by keeping Guaidó on the sidelines during your failed negotiations with Maduro,” Rubio continued. “Without urgent action from your administration, we will only see more countries normalize relations with a regime that continues to oppress the Venezuelan people. Therefore, I respectfully request an update on the United States’ overall diplomatic strategy to maintain a coalition united for a free and democratic Venezuela.” The full text of the letter is below.  Dear Mr. President: I write to express serious concern that actions taken by your administration threaten to erode the international recognition and legitimacy of Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela and of the National Assembly. To avoid any confusion, I urge you to publicly reaffirm the United States’ recognition of Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela and commit there will be no change in U.S. policy so long as Nicolás Maduro continues to block free and fair elections.  This public declaration is only necessary because senior members of your administration flew to Caracas to negotiate with the Maduro regime to explore the possibility of importing oil from Venezuela. Not only were those negotiations foolish since the Venezuelan oil industry is in shambles, but troubling, because they gave legitimacy to an illegitimate regime and blindsided important allies in the region, including Colombia.  As you are well aware, other nations took the message as a signal that they too could restore relations with Maduro. It is no coincidence that Argentina reestablished diplomatic relations with Maduro’s regime a month later. In the absence of American leadership, other nations are likely to follow Argentina’s lead. In fact, Argentine President Alberto Fernández called on “all Latin American countries to do the same.” In the weeks since that meeting, the regime’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced agreements or hosted delegations from approximately 34 countries, including five countries that previously recognized Juan Guaidó as the Interim President in 2019.  While refusing to invite the Maduro regime to the Ninth Summit of the Americas was a justified decision, it does not overcome the damage done by keeping Guaidó on the sidelines during your failed negotiations with Maduro. Without urgent action from your administration, we will only see more countries normalize relations with a regime that continues to oppress the Venezuelan people. Therefore, I respectfully request an update on the United States’ overall diplomatic strategy to maintain a coalition united for a free and democratic Venezuela.  The United States must send a clear, unmistakable signal to Maduro, the people of Venezuela, and the international community that Juan Guaidó remains the legitimate Interim President of Venezuela and that our policy on Venezuela continues to recognize him as such.  Thank you for your attention to this serious matter.  Sincerely,  
RUBIO ADVIERTE AL PRESIDENTE BIDEN DE NO HACER CAMBIOS EN POLÍTICA DE EE.UU. HACIA VENEZUELA
Miami, FL — El senador estadounidense Marco Rubio (R-FL) le envió una carta al Presidente Joe Biden instándolo a reafirmar públicamente la política existente de EE.UU. hacia Venezuela e invitar al gobierno interino a la próxima Cumbre de las Américas. “Le escribo para expresar mi profunda preocupación que las acciones tomadas por su administración amenazan con erosionar el reconocimiento internacional y la legitimidad de Juan Guaidó como presidente interino de Venezuela y líder de la Asamblea Nacional”, Rubio escribió. “Para evitar cualquier confusión, lo insto a reafirmar públicamente el reconocimiento de EE.UU. a Juan Guaidó como presidente interino de Venezuela y comprometerse a que no habrá cambios en la política de Estados Unidos mientras Nicolás Maduro continúe bloqueando unas elecciones libres y justas en el país”. “Si bien negarse a invitar al régimen de Maduro a la IX Cumbre de las Américas fue una decisión justificada, no supera el daño causado por su administración al mantener a Guaidó al margen durante sus fallidas negociaciones con Maduro”, Rubio continuó. “Sin una acción urgente por parte de su administración, solo veremos a más países normalizar las relaciones con un régimen — el cual continúa reprimiendo al pueblo venezolano. Por lo tanto, solicito respetuosamente una actualización sobre la estrategia diplomática general de EE.UU. para mantener una coalición unida por una Venezuela libre y democrática”. El texto de la carta en inglés está aquí. 

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