USA urges regional leaders to isolate Venezuela's Maduro

USA urges regional leaders to isolate Venezuela's Maduro

Unlike past appearances at global summits, the vice president had to dive into the packed agenda on short notice.

Later on, speaking in a cavernous hall of world leaders at the Summit of the Americas, " Pence expressed gratitude to Canada, Colombia as well as other states that experienced voiced support to its attack and also urged "every nation in this quadrant of liberty" to support that the military actions. He said Cuba's government "energetically rejects the attack perpetrated by the United States", which he described as "unilateral, illegal and without evidence", and added that it "constitutes a flagrant violation of the principles of worldwide law".

However, the meeting was overshadowed by US air strikes in Syria in retaliation for what Washington said was a chemical weapons attack by President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The president announced that the U.S., France and Britain launched military strikes in Syria to punish President Bashar Assad for a suspected chemical attack against civilians.

Senate Democrats are urging Vice President Mike Pence to use his trip to Lima to reset relations with a region where they say President Donald Trump's immigrant-bashing rhetoric is costing the US influence.

He was meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Pence said Saturday in a meeting with Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra at the Summit of the Americas in Lima that he's grateful for Vizcarra's role in withdrawing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's invitation to the summit.

President Donald Trump has partially rolled back former President Barack Obama's diplomatic opening with the communist island.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has described this year's controversial VIII Summit of the Americas as a "complete failure" during a speech at a rally in Caracas.

Shortly after arriving Friday, Pence announced the USA would provide almost US$ 16 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who are fleeing.

Hosting the summit, Peru has sought the broadest possible support for the document from governments outside the 14-nation Lima Group - which includes regional heavyweights such as Brazil, Mexico and Canada but not the United States.

Pence's to-do list included smoothing over differences with Mexico, America's southern neighbor, amid unease over Trump's decision to send troops to the border and harsh rhetoric on immigration.

The summit was overshadowed by the absence of Trump, who canceled his attendance to deal with the US response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria. And with tensions simmering over trade, Pence expressed hope alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the three nations could soon agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.

Pence is filling in for President Donald Trump at the Summit of the Americas in Lima after the president pulled out to focus on the US response to an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

While President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap NAFTA and pull out of trade agreements as part of his America First policy, most of the region has been moving in the opposite direction.

President Maduro was barred from the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham.

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