Ros-Lehtinen, Díaz-Balart and Curbelo Pen Letter Protesting Meeting of Administration Diplomat with Top Venezuelan Regime Official

Jun 18, 2015 Issues: Foreign Affairs

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa was joined by her South Florida colleagues Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL) and Carlos Curbelo (R-FL) penning a letter to Counselor Thomas Shannon expressing deep concern over the recent meeting between him and Diosdado Cabello in Haiti. Statement by Ros-Lehtinen:  

“The meeting between Shannon and Cabello sends the wrong message to the democratic opposition of Venezuela. Cabello has condoned the abuses of human rights and has incited violence against the opposition as head of Venezuela’s legislature. Meeting with regime officials who are suspected of such atrocities is counterproductive to advancing democratic principles. The United States must provide a voice to those activists and groups fighting to restore human rights and liberties in Venezuela, not pose for photo ops with their oppressors.”