US to underscore commitment to “democratic transition” in Venezuela at solidarity conf. – State Dept.

WASHINGTON, The US affirmed Friday that it will underscore its commitment “to a democratic transition in Venezuela that brings an end to the tyranny of the Maduro regime” at the Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis due next week in Brussels, Belgium.

The State Department said in a statement that US Acting Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration Carol Thompson O’Connell will lead the US delegation to the conference during which the delegation will also highlight the nearly USD 119 million of additional humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan crisis response announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly last month.

“In addition to supporting countries in the region who host a combined 4.5 million Venezuelans who have fled their country, US assistance includes nearly USD 56 million for relief efforts inside Venezuela,” the statement noted.

It stressed that the delegates will reaffirm “gratitude to the countries who generously host Venezuelans in need.” They will also call on “other nations and organizations to do their part in supporting Venezuelan refugees and other displaced Venezuelans, including by joining the historic coalition of 55 countries that recognize the legitimate constitutional government of Venezuela.” The International Solidarity Conference on the Venezuelan Refugee and Migrant Crisis will be held on October 28-29 and is hosted by the EU, together with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Source: Kuwait News Agency