U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of 4 South American nations three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist authorities is underneath intense U.S. strain.
- Associated Press
- Last Updated: September 20, 2020, 1:15 AM IST
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BOGOTA, Colombia: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday wrapped up a tour of 4 South American nations three of them neighbors of Venezuela, whose socialist authorities is underneath intense U.S. strain.
After a gathering with Colombian President Ivn Duque on Saturday, the 2 vowed to deepen ties together with U.S. funding within the countrys struggling financial system and Pompeo praised Colombia’s powerful stance in opposition to Venezuelan chief Nicols Maduro.
Pompeo mentioned Colombia’s backing of opposition chief Juan Guaido “and the democratic transition for a sovereign Venezuela freed from malign affect from Cuba, from Russia, from Iran, is extremely valued.
You are a real chief for the area and the dignity of all of its individuals, he mentioned at a information convention.
Pompeos three-day journey to the area comes because the U.S. presidential election nears, with Florida which has hosted an increasing Venezuelan diaspora a key battleground.
Duque highlighted a report by the U.N.s prime human rights physique accusing Maduros authorities of crimes in opposition to humanity, together with torture and killings carried by safety forces.
The scenario there’s unsustainable, he mentioned.
Shoring up help for the Trump administrations Venezuela coverage was a key focus of the journey, which together with stops in Guyana and Brazil, the place he emphasised U.S. requires a presidential election to switch Maduro. He additionally stopped in Suriname, like Guyana a budding oil exporter.
Colombia has been flooded with migrants fleeing Venezuela’s growing financial disaster whereas accusing its neighbor of backing armed teams on Colombian soil.
The COVID-19 pandemic, in the meantime, has left hundreds of thousands in Colombia out of labor, with unemployment just lately hovering to 20% throughout the nations lengthy lockdown. Though virus circumstances have been initially gradual to rise, Colombia now has the worlds sixth highest complete quantity caseload.
Duque mentioned he’s hoping to draw extra U.S. funding to Colombia and he hailed a U.S. authorities initiative geared toward enhanging non-public sector funding in infrastructure.
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