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US Vice-president Biden expected to address Venezuelan situation while in Chile

Saturday, March 8th 2014 - 06:53 UTC
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Biden is expected to meet with several leaders during his visit Biden is expected to meet with several leaders during his visit

US Vice President Joe Biden will hold talks with Latin American leaders about protest-hit Venezuela during his trip to Chile from Sunday for the inauguration of President Michelle Bachelet scheduled for Tuesday and which is expected to convene regional leaders.

 Peru's Ollanta Humala, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos and Mexico's Enrique Peña Nieto are among those Biden plans to meet to discuss “the concerns that the entire region has about the unrest and the challenges” in Venezuela, said a US official on Friday.

“Venezuela will be at or near the top of the agenda in all of these bilateral meetings,” the senior administration official said on condition of anonymity.

Biden will argue that a successful resolution to more than a month of anti-government protests in Venezuela will require mediation by a third party, the official said.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has called for a meeting of South American leaders to discuss the crisis, which has left at least 22 people dead. Ecuador's President Rafael Correa said foreign ministers of the Union of South American Nations, a regional bloc favored by Caracas, would meet in Santiago.

But Maduro has vehemently opposed mediation by outsiders, particularly the Organization of American States (OAS) or Washington.

Maduro broke off ties with Panama, calling it a “lackey” of the United States for seeking an OAS meeting on the situation.

After his three-day visit to Santiago, Biden will travel to the Dominican Republic, where he will meet President Danilo Medina.

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  • Briton

    Complete waste of time mate,
    The Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro blames you for all the mess anyway,

    Why bother trying to help a government that’s dead bent on destroying itself and its country..
    try as you must.

    Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:17 pm 0
  • ilsen

    Seems to me a lot of action will be taking place in Chile, mostly behind the scenes.

    I hope they don't forget to turn up for the inauguration!

    Mar 08th, 2014 - 07:45 pm 0
  • CabezaDura2

    It seems like it.. If Raul Castro can't travel to Santiago himself he will send one of the most top brass “man of trust” he has.

    Cuba and Brazil at the end of the day are the only ones which have a say in Venezuela at the time..
    This doesn't seem very encouraging for the Venezuelan opposition

    Mar 08th, 2014 - 09:31 pm 0
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