The head of us diplomacy will visit Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Colombia and Jamaica
WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson on Thursday sent to six-day tour through Latin America, during which, as expected, he will encourage governments in the region to insist on democratic reforms in the crisis-ridden Venezuela.
During the tour Tillerson will visit Mexico, Argentina, Peru and Colombia, and his final stop, on 7 February, will be Jamaica.
The United States will use “all available political, diplomatic and economic tools to resolve the situation in Venezuela,” said a senior state Department official at a briefing on the trip.
The political and economic crisis in Venezuela continues for the fifth year.
In January, the Ministry of Finance of the USA has included four former and current high-ranking Venezuelan military officials to the sanctions list, accusing them of corruption and repression that had led to serious shortages of food and medicine, as well as the deterioration of the situation with human rights.
The European Union has also imposed sanctions and Secretary General of the Organization of American States Luis Almagro called for democratic reforms in Venezuela.
President Nicolas Maduro, who accuses the U.S. that they lead the international effort to overthrow his socialist administration announced in January that he would seek re-election to a second six-year term, and agreed to hold elections before 30 April.
First, Tillerson will go to Mexico city, where he will meet with President Enrique peña Nieto and other senior officials.
The relationship between the U.S. and Mexico deteriorated in connection with the proposals of the President of Donald trump to reduce illegal immigration and make Mexico pay for construction of a fortified wall on the border.
In Colombia Tillerson plans to meet with officials, including President Juan Manuel Santos – a sharp criticism of the Maduro administration.
It is expected that they will discuss not only Venezuela, but “an upsurge in Coca cultivation and cocaine production, economic problems and the increasing number of refugees” from neighboring Venezuela, said in a statement the representative of us state Department.
At a briefing Monday on the trip Tillerson, the state Department spokesman said that “the campaign of pressure works” for the benefit of Venezuela.
According to officials, the purpose of the administration trump “is to help the people of Venezuela to cope with the economic crisis and restore democratic order, they again were able to control their own future.”