Trump, Western Hemisphere leaders discuss democratic transition in Venezuela — WH

WASHINGTON, US President Donald Trump and other US officials hosted Wednesday in New York leaders from Western Hemisphere countries to discuss “the need for a democratic transition in Venezuela to resolve the prolonged political, economic, and humanitarian crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro and his regime,” the White House said in a statement.

The White House statement affirmed that the US remains “steadfast in our commitment to executing a maximum pressure policy to help expedite a democratic transition in Venezuela.” The statement called on “our friends in the region and the broader international community to take concrete action to increase pressure on Maduro’s dictatorship and his illegitimate regime.” “The United States also calls on all nations to take additional steps to hold the Cuban regime responsible for its direct role in the demise of a once prosperous Venezuela,” the statement added.

The US “commends the Presidents of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru for their strong leadership to address the humanitarian crisis that has sparked hundreds of thousands to flee Venezuela,” it remarked.

It stressed that “this Administration is committed to working with our partners in the Western Hemisphere to support a democratic transition in Venezuela,” and it “will not rest until democracy and the rule of law are restored in Venezuela.” In his speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump accused Maduro of being a “Cuban puppet, protected by Cuban bodyguards, hiding from his own people, while Cuba plunders Venezuela’s oil wealth to sustain its own corrupt communist rule.” He affirmed “we’re watching the Venezuela situation very closely. We await the day when democracy will be restored, when Venezuela will be free.”

Source: Kuwait News Agency