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    Colombia, Mexico Refute Accusations of Conspiring With CIA Against Venezuela

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    The Mexican Secretariat of Foreign Affairs and the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs refuted on Monday the allegations of the official Caracas that they had been allegedly working together with the US intelligence against Venezuela.

    MEXICO (Sputnik) — Earlier, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Samuel Moncada said that the CIA, together with Colombia and Mexico, were working together to harm Venezuela.

    "Mexico is a country that respects international law and does not work with any countries to the prejudice of others, and its position on the situation in Venezuela was clearly presented in the communique and in the international forums in which it participates," the Mexican foreign office said in a statement.

    According to the ministry, the Mexican government again emphasizes its readiness to promote diplomatic, peaceful and democratic solution to the serious crisis experienced by Venezuela with strict respect for the sovereignty of the country.

    "Colombia is a country that respects the fundamental principles of the international system and the rule of law, in this context it bases its foreign policy and its actions on respect for these principles of international law. Colombia has never been an interventionist country and we reject the existence of any actions or steps aimed at intervening in Venezuela," the Colombian Foreign Ministry said.

    Venezuela will hold voting on July 30 to elect the Constitutional Assembly, set to rewrite the constitution as a way out of the political turmoil, which started in January 2016, when a new legislature was elected and relations between Maduro and the parliament became strained.

    Since early April, Venezuela saw mass protests after the decision of the Supreme Court to take over legislative powers from the opposition-controlled National Assembly. The top court reversed the ruling but the step did not stop mass demonstrations. In May, Maduro announced his decision to call the National Constituent Assembly, which was regarded by the opposition as an attempted coup and resulted in further escalation of tensions that resulted in the deaths of about 100 people.

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