The U.S. government on Wednesday released a presidential determination on the major illicit drug producing or major transit countries for fiscal year 2021.
The document lists the 23 countries that the U.S. has identified as major drug producing or transit nations, including Venezuela.
The memorandum singled out dictator Nicolas Maduro as the “most complicit leader” in the hemisphere in the production and transportation of narcotics.
“The most complicit leader in this hemisphere is the Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro,” the document states.
Likewise, the missive recalled that in March, the government of Donald Trump accused Maduro of narco-terrorism and conspiracy to smuggle cocaine into the United States. In addition, they took action through the State Department and announced a $15 million reward for information leading to his arrest or conviction.
The document also recalls that the U.S. will continue to support the Venezuelan people, President (E) Juan Guaidó and the National Legitimate Assembly. In addition, it highlighted its commitment to work together with the interim Legitimate Government to stop drug trafficking and crime in the nation.
“While bringing criminals like Maduro to justice remains an urgent priority, the United States also needs other governments in the Western Hemisphere to take greater responsibility for reducing the supply of illegal drugs,” the statement said.
The document added that in accordance with the provisions of section 706 (3) (A) of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, U.S. programs that support the legitimate interim government in Venezuela are vital to the national interests of the United States.