No Negotiations With PRI/Waiting on Israel’s ResponseBy Sofía Hanna | Fri, 10/08/2021 - 12:07
Electrical reform negotiations. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said that there would be no negotiations with other political parties, such as PRI, to ensure the approval of the electricity reform initiative that he sent to Congress. "You do not need any agreement in the dark or anything in return, they are going to have to tell people why they voted in favor of one position or another, with complete freedom. … The legislators will decide what they consider most convenient."
Venezuela and Cuba. López Obrador said that Mexico can build relationships with the government of any country without affecting the relationship with the United States since there is respect and sovereignty between nations. He made the comment following state visits from the presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, Miguel Díaz-Canel and Nicolás Maduro, respectively, to participate in the summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC). "In general, all governments are respectful of independence, of sovereignty. In the case of foreign policy, Mexico has a long tradition of respecting the rights of others, it has been our main emblem since the time of President (Benito) Juárez."
Extradition of Tomás Zerón. López Obrador said that the government had not yet received a response to a letter sent to Israel asking it to speed up the extradition process of Tomás Zerón de Lucio, former head of the Criminal Investigation Agency, who is accused of torture and tampering with evidence in the disappearance of 43 students in 2014 in Ayotzinapa and also of embezzling state funds. "I sent a letter to the prime minister of Israel, to which we are awaiting a response, about a former official (Zerón) who had to do with the distortions of the investigation. That is, how they put together the whole lie about the disappearance of the young people and also through torture to deceive. Israel cannot be a refuge for torturers, with all due respect; no country, but Israel more so. It is a matter of its history, it is a moral matter, it is not possible to protect torturers," said the president. Zerón has denied the allegations and applied for asylum in Israel.
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