The situation in Venezuela was in the spotlight during the Latin American tour of U.S. Secretary of state
U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson said that the US is seriously considering the imposition of significant restrictions on the oil sector of Venezuela and that the decision on this issue will President trump.
While in the capital of Jamaica, Kingston (visiting Jamaica â€“ the final item on the program tour of the head of the state Department for five countries of Latin America and the Caribbean), Tillerson told reporters that he wanted to consult with US allies in the region about who will feel the consequences of this decision.
“And that was important because I wanted to hear their opinion â€“ do we miss something out of sight â€“ but also what they think about the (possible) actions against the oil (sector), which may become dramatic,” said the Secretary of state.
According to Tillerson, the tragic situation in Venezuela, where during the reign of Nicolas Maduro continues the economic and humanitarian crisis, is present in the agenda of all its meetings during the tour.
Making the trip, the foreign Minister urged the countries of the Western hemisphere to combat the problem of drug trafficking that has a devastating impact on the region.
So, speaking in Columbia on Tuesday, Tillerson noted that, while made in this country progress in reducing Coca cultivation is encouraging, it must be remembered that the main thing â€“ results.
“We need results, you need to change trends,” said Tillerson, speaking at a press conference in Bogota with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos.
Last Friday, the President of the United States Donald trump has threatened to stop aid to countries that are doing enough to stop the flow of drugs across the border. It happened after a representative of the office of customs and border protection notified the President that cocaine enters the United States mainly from Colombia and Peru through Mexico and Central America.
“Drugs will not go on sale, if they will not be in demand, and demand will not be if there will be supply,” said Santos, hinting that the demand for drugs in the United States â€“ part of the problem.
“We have lost our best leaders, best journalists, the best judges, the best police in the war on drugs,” said Santos, adding that Colombia hoped to continue cooperation with USA in combating production of Coca.
Colombia receives from the United States funding under the program “Plan Colombia” â€“ the humanitarian, military and diplomatic initiatives aimed at fighting drug cartels and left-wing armed groups.
The head of American diplomacy also reiterated its call on the countries of the Western hemisphere to exert maximum pressure on North Korea, reminding about the threats to the entire world from Pyongyang.
During a joint press conference in Bogota Tillerson urged Colombia to join the efforts of the international community expressing concern about the nuclear programme of North Korea.
Earlier, during his visit to Peru, Tillerson said that Washington does “active support that Peru has the US and the international community in combating the nuclear program of North Korea”.
“The recent decision to expel diplomats from Peru very clearly indicates the position of Peru,” said Tillerson, speaking in Lima at a press conference with President Pablo Kuczynski.
“The rapid increase in volume of cultivation, in many ways, has become an unintended consequence of peace concluded with the Revolutionary forces of Colombia (FARC),” said Tillerson.
The peace agreement signed by the Colombian government with the leaders of the rebel group FARC in 2016 and put an end to the long war, obliged the rebels to stop drug trafficking and to help farmers to grow legitimate products. However, under the agreement, cash payments were also given farmers an incentive to plant their land to illegal crops.