Published: Wed, January 22, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Pompeo looks forward to meeting with Venezuela's Guaido in Colombia

Pompeo looks forward to meeting with Venezuela's Guaido in Colombia

The meeting Monday in Colombia's capital of Bogota will include Pompeo and foreign ministers from several Latin American nations to discuss ways of cutting off funding and activities of regional and global groups designated as terrorist organizations, like Iranian-backed Hezbollah.

Trump is being fed "fake reports", Maduro told the Post.

Guaido announced his arrival in neighboring Colombia via Twitter, thanking its president, Ivan Duque, for his support in his fight against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido has not left Venezuela since February, when he opposed a travel ban imposed by the court and traveled to neighboring Colombia to organize US -backed efforts to move relief supplies back across the border that were blocked by troops that were blocking the President Nicolas Maduro were loyal.

Guaido fought long-term with Maduro over the reins of Venezuela, which began early a year ago when the re-election of Maduro in 2018 was deemed illegal and Guaido appointed himself as interim president.

"We will generate the conditions that will lead us to liberty", Guaido said, anticipating he would return to Venezuela "full of good news".

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido delivers a speech during the Venezuela Oil Industry Forum in Caracas on February 15, 2019. "We hope that he will join us and I look forward to meeting him", Pompeo told reporters on a flight from Berlin, where he attended an global security summit in Libya would have.

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Pompeo told reporters earlier on Sunday that he hoped Guaido would make the trip and he looked forward to meeting him.

The 36-year-old opposition leader has the support of almost 60 countries, including the United States, which has increasingly tightened its diplomatic and financial vises on Venezuela to force Maduro to step down.

The opposition lawmakers were forced to hold their own election, in which Guaido regained his position of National Assembly leader with a quorum, and days later they forced their way into the legislative palace.

In the interview, Maduro said he was comfortably in control of the country and ready for direct negotiations with the United States to end crippling sanctions imposed by US President Donald Trump.

The move comes after an overture by Maduro for direct negotiations with the United States on an end to crippling U.S. sanctions, and amid signs he is preparing for renewed confrontation with the opposition. "A confronting relationship brings a loss-loss situation".

"Very productive meeting with the President of Venezuela", Duque said on Twitter late on Sunday.

"We all knew that this would be a huge challenge, that Maduro would not go away easily", he said. "But everybody wants to know the day and the hour".

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