Mike Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela
16 April, 2018, 04:16 | Author: Sheila Harris
Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a "real possibility" the US could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA "within the next several weeks".
The summit in Peru is a once-every-three-years meeting of leaders from across Latin America, the United States and Canada.
Trump, meanwhile, has long assailed the impact of NAFTA on U.S. workers and has insisted on a new round of negotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico on NAFTA.
After the USA pulled out, 11 countries reached a revised deal last month that dropped some clauses that had been meant to benefit the United States. And with tensions simmering over trade, Pence expressed hope alongside Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the three nations could soon agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.
The letter also chastises the Trump administration for deep cuts in foreign aid, ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for so-called "Dreamers" and for its decision to plow ahead with plans to build a wall on the border of Mexico. The two leaders did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about the border wall.
Pena Nieto's office says in a statement that the meeting will take place Saturday morning in Lima, Peru, where the summit is taking place.
The International Organization for Migration says almost one million Venezuelans have left the country over the past two years.
While President Donald Trump has vowed to scrap NAFTA and pull out of trade agreements as part of his America First policy, most of the region has been moving in the opposite direction.
"The U.S. and our allies, I believe, are prepared to do much more", Pence said, accusing Maduro of "refusing humanitarian aid to be delivered to Venezuela".
Pence said Saturday in a meeting with Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra at the Summit of the Americas in Lima that he's grateful for Vizcarra's role in withdrawing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's invitation to the summit.
President Donald Trump has partially rolled back former President Barack Obama's diplomatic opening with the communist island. Trudeau condemned the use of chemical weapons, saying "those responsible must be brought to justice".
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Relations between the countries have also been strained amid mysterious sonic attacks that USA diplomats in Havana say have left them with ailments including headaches, hearing problems and concussions. He was sworn in after Peru's congress voted to accept the resignation of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after a corruption scandal.
Vice President Mike Pence has arrived in Peru for a Latin American summit at which he's expected to push a tough line on Venezuela and point to the U.S.as an ideal trading partner in the region.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has met with a Cuban opposition leader along the sidelines of an worldwide summit in Peru.
Pence had been scheduled to attend a banquet later Friday hosted by Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra.
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