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Senators Rick Scott and Marco Rubio, representatives of Florida, have regretted that the Mexican president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, has invited the Venezuelan and Cuban dictators, Nicolás Maduro and Miguel Díaz-Canel, in a letter whose contents were released on Thursday.
In their statement, the legislators expressed their “disappointment” over López Obrador’s recent actions and statements, which, in their opinion, “are incompatible with democratic values.”
“It is our understanding that you seek to serve as a mediator between the leaders of various Latin American countries who represent diverse views and beliefs. We would expect nothing less from the leader of a democratic country as transcendent as Mexico,” the senators said.
“We hope that his decision to receive narco-dictator Nicolás Maduro and Cuban dictatorship puppet Miguel Díaz-Canel is not indicative of a departure from his country’s principles of respect for democracy and freedom.”
Rubio and Scott recalled that as Florida senators they represent a large number of Mexicans, Venezuelans and Cuban-Americans residing in this state.
They added that López Obrador’s decision to receive Maduro and Díaz-Canel during the Mexican Independence Day celebrations “has upset many members of these communities” in Florida.
They then lashed out at the Cuban dictatorship for preventing “Cubans from democratically electing their leaders, owning private property, expressing their views freely, accessing the internet and participating in private enterprises.”
They also recalled last July’s protests on the island and criticized López Obrador for “granting legitimacy to this anti-democratic regime”, which, for them “is disrespectful to the Cuban people’s struggle for freedom and also overshadows the historical symbolism of the Grito de Dolores”.
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On Venezuela, Rubio and Scott also expressed their “disappointment” that the Mexican President has received Maduro and “abrogated” his country’s international commitments to address transnational organized crime.
They stressed that Mexico is a signatory to the 2000 United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, which stipulates that signatory countries will cooperate in the extradition of criminals.
And they stressed that the U.S. Government accused Maduro in March 2020 of “participating in a narcoterrorism conspiracy and conspiring to import cocaine into the United States”.
For that reason, they recalled that the Venezuelan dictator should have been extradited to the United States from the very moment he set foot on Mexican soil, since, they stated, “Mexico has been supremely receptive in the extradition of other criminals involved in these crimes. The narco-dictator Nicolás Maduro should not be the exception.”
Maduro and Díaz-Canel visited Mexico in mid-September, where they participated in the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Celac), hosted by López Obrador.
Maduro’s attendance remained in doubt and without official confirmation until his arrival in Mexico City. He was received by the Mexican Foreign Minister, Marcelo Ebrard, and the two immediately held a first bilateral meeting.
In addition to attending the Celac summit, Díaz-Canel gave a speech at the military parade commemorating Mexico’s Independence Day, in which he defended the Cuban revolution and described it as “democratic” despite the fact that the country has had a dictatorial one-party system for more than six decades in which opposition to the authorities is prohibited.