On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, said they continued to recognize interim President Juan Guaidó as the leader of Venezuela instead of the Maduro regime.
Risch, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Rubio, the chairman of the U.S. Senate Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, met with Venezuelan Commissioner for Foreign Relations Julio Borges, Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Vecchio, UN Ambassador Miguel Pizarro, and Deputies Juan Mejía and Carlos Paparoni “to discuss continued U.S. support for interim President Juan Guaidó and the Venezuelan people.”
The senators released a joint statement after the meetings.
“Today we welcomed International Affairs Commissioner Borges and Ambassador Vecchio to discuss a path forward to return democratic rule to Venezuela,” said the senators. “The U.S. has provided more than $400 million in humanitarian aid and has taken strong actions to punish individuals and entities responsible for or profiting from the repression and humanitarian tragedy unleashed by the Maduro regime against the Venezuelan people.”
The senators noted that Canada also recognized Guaidó as the leader of Venezuela and called on the European Union (EU) to do the same. Earlier in the week, Rubio and U.S. Rep. Albio Sires, D-NJ, wrote Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the Commission at the European Union, commending her for convening a solidarity conference on the Venezuelan migrant crisis and underscoring the need for additional support for Venezuelan migrants throughout the region.
“Our Canadian allies have joined us in this fight, and multiple Latin American governments are gearing up to take their own actions to help Venezuelans end Maduro’s illegitimate mandate. We once again encourage the European Union to join these international efforts and be on the right side of history when the Venezuelan people reclaim their freedom,” Risch and Rubio said.
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