United States pledges additional $16 million to help Venezuelan exiles

Excluded Venezuelan leader calls Americas summit 'failure'

Excluded Venezuelan leader calls Americas summit 'failure'

US Vice President Mike Pence abruptly left a banquet late Friday hosted by his Peruvian counterpart ahead of the start of a two-day summit with Latin American leaders and went back to his Lima hotel, reporters travelling with him said.

Pence met with Julio Borges, a Venezuelan opposition lawmaker and former speaker of the National Assembly, David Smolansky, former mayor of the city of El Hatillo, Carlos Vecchio, political coordinator of the Popular Will party he co-founded with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas.

The lack of vision has been the reason these summits have become useless-unless you are a US -bashing demagogue.

Mexico also is taking part in a renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement with the US and Canada due to demands for changes from Trump. This assistance will help provide the people of Venezuela safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, shelter, protection from violence and exploitation, and work and education opportunities, in coordination with other humanitarian organizations and government partners.

This idea had been spelled out in various forms since the first summit in 1994. The U.S. has sanctioned Maduro and dozens of top officials, accusing the country of human rights abuses and sliding into a dictatorship.

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The heads of State and Government from ten countries are already in Peru to participate in the 8th Summit of the Americas, which opens today to debate issues like democratic governability against corruption. During the meeting with four opposition leaders, Pence listened as they described their once-prosperous country devolving into chaos.

Pence says he will be calling on US allies to provide additional humanitarian aid during the Summit of the Americas in Lima.

With the White House's encouragement, Maduro has been barred from the summit over his plans to hold a presidential election that the opposition is boycotting and that many foreign governments consider a sham. He'll also discuss the influence of Chinese trade in the region.

Richard Feinberg, a senior fellow in the Latin America Initiative at the Brookings Institution, said it would be hard for the U.S.to make a case to become the "preferential trading partner" as Trump seeks to upend trade agreements.

Pence is in Lima for an worldwide summit.

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