Pompeo urges Maduro to allow aid entry at Colombia-Venezuela border

Erika Holt
April 18, 2019

He declared himself president in January and has the backing of many countries and the Lima Group, including Canada and the USA but not Russian Federation and Turkey. "When China does business in places like Latin America, it often injects corrosive capital into the economic bloodstream, giving life to corruption and eroding good governance", Pompeo said during an April 12 speech in Chile.

After attending a Sunday service in the Peruvian capital Lima, the chief United States diplomat set off for the final leg of his tour of South America, which began Friday in Chile.

This comes after National Security Adviser John Bolton instructed acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan last week to formulate ideas on how to deal with the Venezuela crisis. "We are strongly opposed to it", he added. The pivot by it and other countries in the region towards Beijing for financing has alarmed Washington. "Such facts serve to show that it is opportunity that China brings to Latin America", he reasoned.

Pompeo, speaking in Paraguay on April 13, reiterated that all options remain on the table for Venezuela.

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Earlier this month, Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez described Washington's pledge to take certain actions against Cuba over Venezuela as blackmail. Rodriguez said earlier this week that Havana sees as blackmail a USA promise to take certain actions against Cuba in order to free Venezuela from the influence of Havana.

Canada expanded sanctions against the Venezuelan government of President Nicolas Maduro on Monday, according to a statement from Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, targeting an additional 43 people close to the disputed leader. This came after Venezuelan authorities confirmed they received 65 tonnes of medicine from China in late March, with Caracas noting the "important and strategic level" of its partnership with Beijing.

"U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, on China-Latin America relations, is wantonly slanderous, deliberately instigating, irresponsible, and unreasonable".

As with a lot of foreign policy cases, the administration's appetite for aggressive military intervention doesn't necessarily extend to the Pentagon leadership, and they are more inclined to try to focus on increasing their regional presence instead of outright trying to conquer Venezuela.

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