At a Colombia meeting of the Organization of American States, the U.S. underscored its commitment to reaching a political solution for Venezuela.
“The crisis in Venezuela is political, with profound humanitarian, economic, social, and other consequences,” Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Kimberly Breier told OAS General Assembly delegates June 27. Only after Maduro “steps aside and relinquishes control over state institutions can a real political transition begin.”
The U.S. continues to work with the Organization of American States to promote greater prosperity and security in the Western Hemisphere. Our resolve to restore democracy in #Venezuela cannot be diminished and those striving for democracy cannot be intimidated. @OAS_official pic.twitter.com/FSu7gdUunF
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) June 28, 2019
The U.S. is working with partners in the region and internationally to isolate the Maduro regime economically and politically. The Trump administration also has positioned 500 metric tons of food and humanitarian supplies on the Venezuelan border.
Breier noted that the country’s suffering and instability were spilling into the wider region. Venezuela “has become a regional crisis, with effects felt most acutely here in Colombia, but in other OAS member states and beyond.”
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