Trump set to meet Colombian president to discuss Venezuela

WASHINGTON, President Donald Trump will meet with Colombia’s President Ivan Duque Marquez at the White House next week to discuss a range of issues, including Venezuela.

Trump and Duque “will build upon the strong partnership that exists between their nations in pursuit of a more prosperous, secure, and democratic Western Hemisphere,” said a White House statement on Wednesday.

It added, “the leaders expect to discuss their commitment to pro-growth policies, combating terrorism and illicit narcotic networks, strategic partnerships in regional security, and efforts to restore democracy in Venezuela.” Yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Colombia Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo and reiterated Washington’s strong support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido.

The leaders are “committed to expanding diplomatic efforts in support of the Venezuelan people as they work to restore their democracy,” said a separate memo from the State Department.

“They reiterated their commitment to continue helping the many Venezuelans fleeing to Colombia and other countries throughout the region,” it added.

Source: Kuwait News Agency