Jóvenespor un nuevo Chile, a political association close to the governing coalition Nueva Mayoria, cries of open and transparent internal primary to elect a common candidate for the upcoming presidential elections. The proposal was well received by all sides of the coalition, in fact, the presidents of the JDC, of the JuventudesComunistas and Juventud Socialista have emphasized the necessity to leave aside the internal conflicts to arrive at a common platform in order to prevent a right-wing victory, represented by former President Sebastian Piñera.
Senator Francisco Chahuán, member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and member of the opposition Party Renovación Nacional, said that it is very serious that the government has not yet presented a new immigration law, in fact, according to Chahuán the current regulations are too restrictive and not in line with the new trends of migration flows, even after considering the positions taken by United States on the theme. According to the Senator the delay of the Government even cares Peru and Brazil, who have stated in front of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, finally Chahuán recalled how the former President Piñera had prepared a draft reform of the immigration law, agreed even with the Church, which could be simply recovered now.
Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami during an interview on Televen said that the accusations of complicity in drug trafficking made by the US Treasury Department are unfounded, the office in charge of the matter, the OFAC, has not been able to show evidence because does not evidence exists. According to El Aissami the OFAC can refer to the testimonies of four drug traffickers extradited to the US when he was Minister of Justice and the Interior, these outrageous accusations towards the Venezuelan government would part of, according to the Vice President, a larger plan, organized by ‘Obama administration to put in an unfavorable light the Bolivarian revolution, convincing the people to rebel against a legitimately constituted government, with the help of the opposition.
About the trip of US Secretary of State Tillerson and the Secretary of Homeland Security Kelly in Mexico, President Trump said during a meeting with managers of different companies that for the first time the United States is expelling from the national territory drug traffickers and other criminals in an operation that Trump has called “military”. The President’s words have troubled the Mexican government that immediately requested clarification at Tillerson and at Kelly, both were forced to deny the Trump statements, especially Kelly ensured that the will not be used military in the operations and that there will be no mass expulsions.
Humberto de la Calle, former Chief Negotiator of the Government in the peace process with the FARC, speaking at a conference at the University of Manizales said that hopes that the agreement between the rebel militia ELN and the government will be successful, however, pointed out that if the attack of last Sunday in Bogotá should be a work of ELN then the peace talks would feel the effects. Regarding the agreements of La Habana de la Calle answered words of former President Uribe, who said that if his coalition win the presidential election of 2018 would change the agreement with the FARC, former Chief Negotiator noted that it is necessary to continue on the current line and that it would be futile to retract an agreement that largely has already entered into force.
Deputy to the National Assembly of the State of Carabobo, Marco Bozo, said during the Globovisión “PrimeraPágina” program that the government wants to take advantage of the party renewal process for istaurare a one-party system, which would refer to the governing coalition Gran Polo Patriótico. Bozo has however reassured about the intentions of the opposition coalition, of which he is part, Mesa de la UnidadDemocrática to prevent the government in the implementation of this process and that the MUD is planning to emerge stronger from the renewal process of political parties. Finally Bozo said he was disappointed with the results achieved in 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 in the process of dialogue between government and opposition, according to the Deputy the success of the dialogue will depend almost exclusively on the will and skill of their leaders.
The INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) has published a document, which suggests that the eventual construction of the wall on the border between Mexico and the United States would not solve the problem of drug trafficking, in fact, the INCB notes that the Mexican drug cartels operating a turnover of about $ 3.2 billion annually and that take advantage of very technological means such as drones or remote controlled submarines to carry the loads of drugs across the border, considering that according to data of the Secretariat for the National Defense there are today at least 60 airstrips not registered only in the Baja California region.
Luis Videgaray, Mexican Foreign Minister, met informally the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in Bonn, Germans, where both are attending the G20. Videgaray said that Mexico will not change his mind about the financing of the wall on the border between the US and Mexico that the US President Trump wants to build, however, also stated that the US has every right to defend their borders and on this issue Mexico is willing to talk, finally he hinted that other Ministers of foreign Affairs are pushing so that the two countries work together as much as possible.
Gabriel M. Lopez, President and General Director of the Mexican division of Ford, has ensured that the company does not intend to abandon the Mexican market and even stop producing in the country, the testimony is the investment of $ 2.5 billion to open two new production lines in Chihuahua and in Irapuato. López said that the closure of the plant in San Luis Potosi was due to market needs and not to the company’s desire to leave the country, in fact, the Ford in Mexico has 9,000 employees, FOUR production lines and 125 dealers that guarantee a revenue of $ 1.2 billion for year.
The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos traveled to a state visit to Ecuador where he met with Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa, on the Santos arrival in Ecuador he publicly thanked for the support given to the peace process in Colombia ensuring that this cooperation “will not be forgotten”. Correa said he hoped that the negotiations between the Colombian government and ELN will be favorable. The two Presidents will sign a series of bilateral agreements, assisted by their respective Foreign Ministers, concerning security and economy