Pence Says US to Provide $16 Million in Aid to Venezuelan Refugees

Elias Hubbard
April 14, 2018

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

Richard PenceWhy the Summit of the Americas is better off without Trump US needs to respect Latin American leadership on Venezuela crisis Pence endorses challenger in Texas congressional primary runoff MORE on Friday pledged almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled a deepening economic and political crisis in the country.

Pence is departing for the Summit of the Americas in Lima on Friday.

More than a dozen Latin American countries have also strongly criticized Maduro, accusing him of trampling upon democracy by sidelining the opposition and appointing a super-legislative body over the heads of the opposition-controlled National Assembly.

Pence says he will be calling on US allies to provide additional humanitarian aid during the Summit of the Americas in Lima.

"We are with the people of Venezuela and will continue to do everything in our power to provide sustenance and support to those who have fled", Pence said.

This funding from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development includes a contribution to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)'s regional response to the Venezuela crisis and humanitarian aid to Venezuelans and host communities in Colombia and Brazil.

On Friday, Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto told the CEOs that the U.S.is welcome to "eventually reconsider its decision and take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the TPP". And against a backdrop that includes the ongoing attempt to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, tension between the United States and China over potential tariffs, and the possibility the US may decide to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Pence is in Lima for an global summit.

Pence will also aim to counter China's attempt to exert more economic influence in the Americas at a time when the Trump administration has been embroiled in a trade dispute with the Chinese. 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.

In a series of meetings with Latin American leaders, Pence plans to promote good governance and democratic institutions and urge allies to maintain pressure on Maduro.

The meeting will come after Pena Nieto met with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday in Lima to discuss progress made so far on the North American Trade Agreement, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up if it is not revised to be more favorable to his country.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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