United States pledges additional $16 million to help Venezuelan exiles

by Abel Hampton April 14, 2018, 11:29
United States pledges additional $16 million to help Venezuelan exiles

The U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, said the new funds would include a contribution to the United Nations Refugee Agency, which is aiding Venezuelans in Brazil and Colombia.

The latest pledge brings funding for the USA humanitarian response to the crisis in Venezuela to more than $21 million since 2017, according to the State Department.

While the press focuses on whether Pence will meet with Cuba's Raúl Castro-who has oddly been invited despite the exclusion of Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro for being a dictator-attention should be on the need of a wide-ranging vision for hemispheric relations.

The meeting will come after Pena Nieto met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday in Lima to discuss progress made so far on the North American Trade Agreement, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up if it is not revised to be more favorable to his country.

US Vice President Mike Pence abruptly left a banquet late Friday hosted by his Peruvian counterpart ahead of the start of a two-day summit with Latin American leaders and went back to his Lima hotel, reporters travelling with him said. How ironic that today the USA president is disfiguring the North-American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the argument that Mexico takes unfair advantage of the United States!

Venezuela's opposition is pushing for the global community to ratchet up sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro and his associates, as the country heads into a controversial May 20 presidential election that Washington and other nations say they will not recognize. "Many have died of starvation and deprivation, and millions have fled the oppression of the dictatorship in Venezuela", Pence said.

Venezuela's economy has suffered amid drops in oil prices and economic mismanagement, causing sky-high inflation and widespread food and medicine shortages.

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