U.S. pledges additional $16 million to help Venezuelan exiles

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14 April, 2018

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

Senate Democrats are urging Vice President Mike Pence to use his trip to Lima to reset relations with a region where they say President Donald Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric is costing the USA influence.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence shakes hands with Peru's Housing Minister Javier Pique upon his arrival at the Jorge Chavez worldwide airport in Lima, Peru, Friday, April 13, 2018.

Moreno was welcomed by Peruvian Defense Minister Jose Huerta, but before returning to Ecuador, he met with President Martin Vizcarra, who traveled to the hotel where he was staying.

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Pence told Rosa Maria Paya Acevedo on Friday that the Trump administration stands with the Cuban people.

Relations between the countries have also been strained amid mysterious sonic attacks that US diplomats in Havana say have left them with ailments including headaches, hearing problems and concussions.

Pena Nieto "received a proposal" from Pence's side "with the aim of discussing the state and perspectives of the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States", the Mexican president's office said in a statement. Pence's meeting with Pena Nieto will follow Trump's calls to send National Guard troops to the border.

The announcement came as Pence arrived in Lima, Peru, for the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of Western Hemisphere leaders that takes place every three years.

The vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and has brought about "abject misery".

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Ana Quintana, a senior policy analyst on Latin America and the Western Hemisphere for the Heritage Foundation, said Pence would seek to "continue the momentum" of USA policy on Venezuela.

With the White House's encouragement, Maduro has been barred from the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.

Today, the United States announced almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance for Venezuelans who have fled their country due to the crisis there.

Pence said Friday in Lima, Peru, that the aid will help Venezuelans in Colombia and Brazil access safe drinking water, shelters, and work and educational opportunities. But a coterie of leftists, including Brazil's Lula da Silva, Argentina's Néstor Kirchner, and Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, with the support of soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, buried the idea, arguing that free-trade agreements were an imperialist US weapon.

Pence is in Lima for an worldwide summit. He was meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Antonio Ledezma, the former mayor of Caracas, pleaded with Pence through a translator to bolster sanctions against Maduro, asking for "not only humanitarian aid but humanitarian intervention".

Pence is subbing for President Donald Trump after the president pulled out of his first planned visit to Latin America to manage the USA response to an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria. He'll also discuss the influence of Chinese trade in the region.

Other heads of State and Government in Lima are Presidents Juan Hernandez (Honduras), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Enrique Peña Nieto (Mexico), and Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau (Canada) and Andrew Michael Holness (Jamaica).

Vice President Mike Pence plans to promote the U.S.as a steady trading partner and press Latin American partners to further isolate Venezuela during his weekend trip to Peru. The Summit of the Americas intends to continue strengthening the bonds which unite the area; and which may turn the continent into one of the most important markets in the world, by affording stability to the region, and furthering the development of growing markets. He'll be subbing for President Donald Trump after the president pulled out of his first planned visit to Latin America to manage the US response to an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria.

He also commented that it is a paradox that the central issue of the Summit is "Democratic governability in face of corruption", because the hosting nation recently lived the resignation of its then President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, due to a scandal of this type.


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