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U.S. appreciates Lima Group's efforts to address Venezuela crisis

15:26 | Lima, Feb. 6.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson highlighted the work undertaken by the Lima Group —led by Peru's Foreign Affairs Ministry— to deal with the humanitarian and political crisis facing Venezuela.

His remarks were made following a meeting with President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski at Lima's Government Palace on Tuesday. 

Tillerson acknowledged the international leadership role of Peru on this matter. 

Likewise, he said they [he and President Kuczynski] had a very good exchange on what can be done to return Venezuela to its rightful constitution.

"The United States appreciates Peru's leadership in the region, in particular the Lima Group's very important role in […] addressing the terrible destruction of democratic processes and democracy in Venezuela," he expressed.

The Lima Group is composed of Foreign Affairs Ministers and representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Peru, Panama and Paraguay.

According to the head of U.S. diplomacy, the agenda that has been selected to address corruption and strengthening governance institutions in the region constitutes an opportunity to create some real results from the summit.

Lastly, he thanked Peru for condemning North Korea's nuclear program and for ordering North Korean diplomats to leave the Inca nation over such crisis.

"We appreciate the strong support that Peru has given the United States and the international community in pushing back on North Korea's nuclear weapons program. The recent sending home of diplomats from Peru is a very strong signal of Peru's position," he said.

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Published: 2/6/2018
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