BRASILIA, Brazil, Weds. Sept 16 (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Venezuelan migrants in Brazil this week, U.S. and Brazilian officers stated on Tuesday, as Washington bids to step up strain to oust Venezuela’s leftist President Nicolas Maduro.
“This journey will spotlight america’ dedication to defend democracy, fight COVID-19 whereas revitalizing our economies within the pandemic’s wake, and strengthen safety in opposition to regional threats,” the US State Division stated Tuesday.
The assembly on Friday within the Brazilian metropolis of Boa Vista, close to the border with Venezuela, is a part of a Sept. 17-20 regional tour through which Pompeo will even go to and maintain talks with the leaders of Colombia, Suriname and Guyana, the State Division added.
The whirlwind go to to Venezuela’s neighbors comes as worldwide efforts to advance democratic change within the nation seem to have stalled and Maduro has asserted his grip on energy regardless of political and financial upheaval that drove 5 million Venezuelans to flee.
The journey will “spotlight america’ dedication to defend democracy,” the State Division stated. In Boa Vista, Pompeo will go to “Venezuelan migrants fleeing the artifical catastrophe in Venezuela,” it stated in a press release.
The US Secretary will go to Guyana on Thursday. In Georgetown,Secretary Pompeo, in keeping with a press assertion from the US Division of State, “will congratulate newly elected president Irfaan Ali and his cupboard, and meet with CARICOM Secretary-Common Irwin LaRocque.”
“He’ll reinforce the promise of a values-based U.S. partnership highlighting alternatives for extra accountable and clear non-public sector funding to extend prosperity for the individuals of Guyana, notably within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the assertion added.
Pompeo is scheduled to then make an almost 3-1/2-hour cease in Boa Vista on Friday afternoon. He’ll go to a triage middle for receiving Venezuelan migrants and meet with Brazil’s Overseas Minister Ernesto Araujo, the Brazilian authorities stated.
“They are going to discuss concerning the Venezuelan refugees who’ve been so badly handled of their nation,” U.S. ambassador to Brazil, Todd Chapman, stated on CNN Brasil. “It’s time for the illegitimate Maduro regime to go,” he added, praising Brazil’s humanitarian effort in receiving 250,000 Venezuelans.
Brazil’s border with Venezuela has been closed since March 18 as a result of coronavirus pandemic, and the move of migrants crossing into Brazil has dropped from a mean of 600 a day to a handful of Venezuelans who stroll alongside cross-country trails.
Secretary Pompeo will then journey to Bogota to fulfill with Colombian President Ivan Duque to debate the sturdy partnership our nations share, together with in managing the COVID-19 response, selling mutual prosperity, and tackling the threats to regional safety from narcotraffickers, terror teams, and Maduro’s illegitimate regime.
U.S. sanctions focusing on Venezuela’s oil trade have slashed Caracas’ crude exports to the bottom in a long time, however they’ve didn’t loosen Maduro’s grip on energy.
With the Nov. Three U.S. election approaching, and main Maduro critic President Donald Trump battling for a second time period, Washington is anticipated to toughen its stance, particularly with extra sanctions focusing on Venezuela’s oil and gold industries.
(Reporting by Humeyra Pamuk in Washington and Anthony Boadle in Brasilia; Modifying by Richard Chang and Tom Brown)