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Mexico gives 'protection' to Venezuelan opposition lawmaker

AFP  |  Mexico City 

The said Tuesday that its embassy in has taken in opposition lawmaker to provide him "protection and safety," even as City insists it is not meddling in the Venezuelan crisis.

"In line with its diplomatic tradition, the government of received deputy today at its diplomatic residence in to provide him protection and safety," the said in a statement.

The foreign ministry added that "reiterates its commitment to respect, protect and promote the human rights of all people, regardless of their political affinity."

The reiterated the position of non-intervention in the Venezuelan conflict that the government of 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, through dialogue," the statement read.

Unlike other large Latin American such as Argentina, and Colombia, Mexico still recognises the government of Venezuelan and not that of opposition leader and self-declared interim

Guaido has challenged Maduro's authority since January, considering his re-election as illegitimate.

Last week, the said it was concerned about the arrest of deputy for his involvement in a failed military uprising against Maduro last month.

The pro-government Constituent Assembly, a separate body that enjoys plenipotentiary powers, stripped five opposition lawmakers of their immunity earlier Tuesday for their participation in the uprising, bringing the total number to 14 so far.

Three other lawmakers involved in the uprising have taken shelter at diplomatic offices and another has fled to

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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 10:01 IST