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After Venezuela Violence, Pence to Meet with Guaido in Colombia


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Sun, 24 Feb 2019 12:31 GMT

After the deadly outcome of two people killed at the border after a failed attempt to enter humanitarian aid to Venezuela, US Vice President Mike Pence plans to have his first meeting with Venezuela's Juan Guaido in Colombia on Monday February 25th, Pence aides said, in a signal of support for the opposition leader after yesterday's violence.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro prevented the US humanitarian aid convoys from entering the country from Colombia, and he ordered the use of teargas and rubber bullets against the gathered crowd, which led to the death of two protestors Saturday, February 23rd . 

As a result, Pence is going to Colombia's capital Bogota to meet with the 14 member- Lima Group of leaders from the Americas, who recognise Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezula, after Maduro held elections last year, which were accused of being rigged.   

Moreover, Pence could be ready to announce new sanctions against Venezuela if the aid was turned back, according to a senior US official who told reporters on Friday February 22nd, before adding that to increase pressure sanctions would be added to the state-owned oil company, PDVSA. 

"If there is any type of violence, or if there is any type of negative reaction from the hierarchy of the Venezuela armed forces, there may also be measures that are announced by the vice president and other countries in regards to closing even further the international financial circle," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 

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