Pompeo makes Latin America trip amid Venezuela crisis, China’s growing presence

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a three-day visit to Chile, Paraguay and Peru in Latin America amid escalated Venezuela crisis and growing presence of China in the region.

Pompeo will also be making a visit to Colombian border city Cucuta on Sunday where Venezuelan migrants in millions have fled due to hunger and violence in the homeland.

Experts believe the political crisis in Venezuela is to dominate the Secretary of State’s travel as Washington has been urging more countries to support the coalition supporting Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido and urge President Nicolas Maduro to step down.

State Department spokesman Robert Palladino said, “The trip is an opportunity to showcase the transformation that is happening for the great majority of South American nations where like-minded democracies are coming together to solve regional challenges.”

Meanwhile, US is considering more sanctions against the Nicolas Maduro government and also putting pressure on Russia to withdraw troops from the country.

Pompeo will also be making a visit to Colombian border city Cucuta on Sunday where Venezuelan migrants in millions have fled due to hunger and violence in the homeland.

Earlier this week International Monetary Fund (IMF) said this year Venezuela’s economy may contract by 25 percent and more 10 percent next year.

United Nations earlier mentioned about a quarter population of Venezuela is in need of humanitarian aid.

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