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ICYMI: Rubio: Guyana Crisis Tests Biden’s Priorities

Jan 23, 2024 | Comunicados de Prensa

Looming Guyana Crisis Tests Biden Foreign Policy Priorities

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)

January 22, 2024

Informe Orwell

…Guyana could very well be the next global flashpoint…. At issue is Venezuelan narco-dictator Nicolás Maduro’s threat to seize, by force if necessary, Guyana’s resource-rich Essequibo region….

In 2015, ExxonMobil and its partners discovered that the nation was sitting on the world’s fourth-largest oil reserves…. This is good news for the people of Guyana. But it also represents a challenge for the Biden Administration’s foreign policy. 

For the past three years, President Biden’s advisors sought to normalize relations with the criminal Maduro narco-regime…. Unfortunately, the administration granted all these concessions while Maduro continued to detain American citizens and host FARC and ELN narco-terrorists. It sends the message that bad behavior will be rewarded. If the White House continues on this path, the consequences could be disastrous….

To date, the Biden Administration has provided support to the Guyanese…. These are all productive steps, in line with the recommendations I made after meeting with Guyanese President Mohamed Irfaan Ali last September. They are also firmly in America’s national interest.

However, President Biden must communicate to the American public why these actions are in our national interest…. In practical terms,…Guyana has roughly 11 billion barrels of oil, billions of dollars’ worth of gold, and a rare supply chain of bauxite…. If Maduro seizes Essequibo, all of these and more will be less accessible to the United States and more accessible to adversaries like Beijing….

If we’re going to maintain America’s strength throughout the 21st century, we need allies like Guyana to be free, dictators like Maduro to be deterred, and supply chains in their entirety, from the mine to the assembly line, to be secure….

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