Pence calls for more action to isolate Venezuela's Maduro

Clay Curtis
April 15, 2018

Richard PenceWhy the Summit of the Americas is better off without Trump US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff MORE on Friday pledged almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled a deepening economic and political crisis in the country.

Pence urged the extra measures as he met with Venezuelan opposition figures in Lima who called for more sanctions and "intervention" in their crisis-hit country.

Most of the countries represented favor strong action against Caracas, though are wary of anything that could increase the flow of Venezuelans leaving their impoverished nation.

Maduro was not invited to the summit - but said he would not attend.

The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein. - Humanitarian funding - So far, Washington has stopped short of imposing an embargo on Venezuelan oil imports - a measure that would be crippling for Caracas but also damaging to refiners in the United States dependent on Venezuela´s heavy crude.

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"I believe that all the countries of Latin America and the world, we must make all the necessary efforts to help the Venezuelan people to recover their freedom, their democracy and respect for human rights", Mr. Piñera shared.

The United States on Friday announced that it's earmarking an additional $16 million to aid Venezuelan migrants who are fleeing that country's hunger, violence and economic collapse. Many head to Brazil, Colombia and Panama, and often beyond.

Pence also said Russian Federation was spreading misinformation about USA missile attacks in Syria late on Friday.

Shortly after arriving, Pence met with Venezuelan opposition figures at the US ambassador's residence in Lima, including the former president of the National Assembly, Julio Borges, and former Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma. He urged the USA to step up sanctions to "seize planes, yachts, mansions".

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