U.S. Ramps Up Pressure on Venezuela, But Maduro Keeps Hanging On


The Trump government has mentioned several times the option of a "forced" intervention in the Caribbean country, but on Wednesday the president said that a meeting with President Maduro was not ruled out if it "helped the Venezuelan people".

Trump said earlier he was nonetheless willing to meet Maduro, who on Tuesday had also raised the possibility.

Meanwhile, Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said the situation in Venezuela "is one of our foreign policy priorities", and Ottawa is urging action to help with the growing refugee crisis and its impact on neighboring Colombia.

Eleven of the Latin American nations signed a joint statement calling for more funding to tackle Venezuela's migrant crisis.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on four of Maduro's closest allies, including his wife, Cilia Flores, who joined him on this trip. But he also made clear Canada's support for worldwide cooperation to help developing nations "to build a more peaceful, equal and stable world".

He nonetheless said he hoped to arrange a face-to-face meeting with Trump.

"The failure of leadership in Venezuela is of concern not just to us, but to leaders in the region, friends to Venezuela and of concern to the world", Trudeau said. A national disaster has been declared in the central states of Kogi, where the two rivers meet, and Niger, plus Delta and Anambra in the south. Netanyahu, Sisi discuss peace talks AFP, Jerusalem Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi met in NY on Wednesday to discuss Gaza and reviving peace talks with the Palestinians, officials said.

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"I think the message is that the situation in Venezuela is catastrophic", Trudeau told reporters at a press conference on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly meeting in NY.

Even so, Maduro called the alleged assassination attempt "the most serious attack our country has seen in its political history because of its implications. The strong ones and the less than strong ones - and you know what I mean by strong", he said. "We are not going to be complicit", said Paraguayan Foreign Minister Andres Rodriguez Pedotti.

That is why a project presented by 13 Member States of the Human Rights Council of the organization was put to a vote on Thursday to force the Maduro government to "cooperate with the Office of the High Commissioner" and allow the entry of humanitarian assistance "to address the scarcity of food, medicine and medical supplies, the rise of malnutrition, especially among children, and the outbreak of diseases that had been previously eradicated or kept under control in South America".

But as Washington and USA allies ratcheted up the pressure on the 55-year-old former bus driver, Maduro announced - via a video on Twitter - that he had arrived in New York Wednesday, saying he was "charged with emotion, passion and truth so that the entire world knows that Venezuela is on its feet".

The request - announced on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly - also bolsters the idea that worldwide bodies can hold corrupt or abusive leaders or governments responsible before their citizens.

Treasury also said a Gulfstream 200 private jet located in Florida had been identified as belonging to a front man of Socialist Party Vice President Diosdado Cabello, who the United States accuses of being involved in drug trafficking.

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