Secretary Pompeo’s Participation in a Meeting of the Lima Group

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE

Office of the Spokesperson

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May 14, 2018

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Pompeo participated via videoconference today in the Lima Group foreign and finance ministers meeting, which was hosted by Mexico and included representatives from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Saint Lucia.  Representatives from the European Union and Spain also participated.

Secretary Pompeo and these regional partners affirmed the hemisphere’s support for the Venezuelan people and their right to have a voice in their government through free and fair elections.  He urged his counterparts to hold the Maduro regime and its corrupt leaders accountable for their unconstitutional interruption of Venezuela’s democratic order by cutting off their access to our financial systems and barring them from our nations.  Participants agreed on the need for a strong regional response to Venezuela’s undemocratic actions.