Canada Venezuela: new pass of arms between the United States and Caracas

10:05  19 september  2020
10:05  19 september  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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CARACAS , Venezuela — The embattled government of Venezuela struck back against its opponents on Thursday, winning strong support from the country’s He also said that hints of armed intervention were particularly alarming. “That the United States and some other countries have recognized the

“ Venezuela is broken as a state , as a country,” said Dimitris Pantoulas, a political analyst in Caracas . An opposition leader, Juan Guaidó, had staged the biggest challenge to Mr. Maduro’s rule to date by claiming the presidency and quickly winning support from the United States and almost 60

Le secrétaire d'État américain Mike Pompeo lors de sa visite au Brésil aux côté du ministre des Affaires étrangères brésilien Ernsto Araujo, le 18 septembre 2020. © Bruno Mancinelle / Pool via AP US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during his visit to Brazil alongside Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernsto Araujo, September 18, 2020.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met his Brazilian counterpart Eduardo Araujo on Friday September 18, at the border between Brazil and Venezuela. The Brazilian government of Jair Bolsonaro is aligned with the positions of Donald Trump, who wants regime change in Caracas.

With our correspondent in Sao Paulo, Martin Bernard

“We are going to drive Maduro out of power”. Mike Pompeo hammered home this message after a meeting with Venezuelans who came to take refuge in Brazil. On tour for four days in South America, the head of American diplomacy was Friday in Guyana and Brazil, two countries bordering Venezuela.

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“ Venezuela denounces the new US aggression to the international community, announcing alleged unilateral sanctions against President Nicolas Maduro, as part of a sustained campaign of aggression against the Islamic Republic of Iran and our country

The Embassy of the United States in Caracas is a United States embassy that represents the United States in Caracas , Venezuela . The embassy provides assistance to American citizens and residents who live in Venezuela and issues visas to foreign nationals

Visiting a Venezuelan refugee camp in the Brazilian city of Boa Vista (north-west), he highlighted the plight of some 5 million Venezuelans who have fled their country. "The people I spoke with only want one thing, and that is to return home, to a democratic, peaceful and sovereign Venezuela, where their children can work," said the secretary of state.

His Brazilian counterpart, Eduardo Araújo, renewed his support for the self-proclaimed Venezuelan president, Juan Guaidó, backed by Washington and declared himself in favor of the "struggle for the return of democracy", and for the priority of "the right against strength ".

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Nicolas Maduro replied from the palace of Miraflores, in Caracas. Mike Pompeo's “hot-tempered tour” in the region “failed”, he said.

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Venezuela remains in a deep crisis under the authoritarian rule of Nicolás Maduro of the United Socialist Party of Venezuela . The United States and 57 other countries recognize Guaidó as interim president, but he has been unable to harness that diplomatic support to wrest Maduro from power.

Oil-rich Venezuela is mired in economic and political turmoil, with hyperinflation rendering the bolivar His allies have also threatened the use of armed pro-government militias – known as colectivos – to The United States , long fiercely opposed to Maduro, has thrown its support behind the opposition.

But Nicolas Maduro is not the only one to condemn this visit. The president of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies, Rodrigo Maia, believes that this meeting, just before the elections in the United States, does not conform to "international good practices". As for former Brazilian President Lula, he speaks of a "provocation".

Washington, like nearly sixty other countries, recognizes opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Speaker of Parliament, who in early 2019 proclaimed himself interim president. The latter qualifies Nicolas Maduro as a “usurper” and “dictator” since the “fraudulent” presidential election of 2018 which allowed him to remain in power.

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