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Mexico gives ‘protection’ to Venezuelan oppn lawmaker

AFP
Mexico City
The Mexican government said Tuesday that its embassy in Venezuela has taken in opposition lawmaker Franco Manuel Casella to provide him “protection and safety,” even as Mexico City insists it is not meddling in the Venezuelan crisis.
“In line with its diplomatic tradition, the government of Mexico received National Assembly deputy Franco Manuel Casella today at its diplomatic residence in Caracas to provide him protection and safety,” the Mexican Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
The foreign ministry added that Mexico “reiterates its commitment to respect, protect and promote the human rights of all people, regardless of their political affinity.” The Mexican government reiterated the position of non-intervention in the Venezuelan conflict that the government of leftist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has maintained since he took office on December 1.
“The government reaffirms its position of non-intervention, its openness to dialogue and its firm commitment to collaborate in finding a democratic, peaceful solution through dialogue,” the statement read.

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