US, Brazilian FMs pledge to continue addressing “crises” in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke late Saturday with Brazil’s Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, where they pledged to continue “to address the political, economic and humanitarian crises” in Venezuela.

State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that Pompeo and his Brazilian counterpart “pledged to continue working together to address the political, economic, and humanitarian crises in Venezuela, their effects on Venezuela’s neighbors, and the need for outside actors, including Cuba, Russia, and China, to stop propping up Nicolas Maduro.” It added that they also reaffirmed the “close friendship between the US and Brazil.” Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence said in a tweet earlier Saturday, “Cuba exports tyranny and strong-arm tactics to prop up Maduro’s brutal regime.” He added that the US “took action to sanction ships transporting Venezuelan oil to Cuba.

“As I previewed at the UN earlier this week: our Administration just announced additional action to hold Cuba accountable,” he reiterated.

On Friday, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four companies that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy, in addition to identifying nine vessels, “some of which transported oil from Venezuela to Cuba, as blocked property owned by the four companies.” The US top diplomat stressed; in an interview during his visit to Paraguay on Saturday, “Maduro and his henchmen have destroyed this nation. The Venezuelan people can see that very plainly.

“You know the history. This is a rich nation, a wealthy nation, a nation of people who are industrious and are prepared to work very, very hard,” he remarked.

He added “what they need is a leader who is prepared to help them, not be corrupt, not turn over power to the Cubans, and demand interventions to save them by the Russians.” Pompeo is scheduled to visit on Sunday Cucuta, Colombia where he will visit “entities supporting Venezuelan refugees and assess the challenges due to the closed border”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency