The President of the United States, Joe Biden, issued a Presidential memorandum to the State Department on Tuesday on the main countries producing illicit drugs or are important transit points for fiscal year 2022.
In the memorandum, Venezuela is mentioned among the top countries. Also named are Afghanistan, The Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Burma, Colombia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, India, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Nicaragua, Pakistan, Panama, and Peru.
“The United States is committed to working together with the countries of the Western Hemisphere as neighbors and partners to address our shared challenges of drug use and trafficking,” he stated.
The U.S. President designated Bolivia and Venezuela as countries that “have not made substantial efforts during the previous 12 months to comply with their obligations under international agreements to combat narcotics,” he said.
The United States also pledged to collaborate with countries in the Western Hemisphere, such as Colombia and Mexico, “to face the challenges we share regarding drug trafficking and consumption.”