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Secretary Pompeo says other nations must leave Venezuela for US to step in

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 20, 2019
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says foreign nations Russia, China, Iran, and Cuba must stay clear of Venezuela, so that the US “can begin to do the work to rebuild that country.”
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In an interview to Argentina’s Infobae website on Friday, Pompeo, who is currently on a four-day tour of Latin America, said the nations that continue to stand by Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro should “leave.”

“Well, we hope every foreign power will leave. We want the Venezuelan people to control their own destiny. We think that would be best. In the end, I’m confident that the Venezuelan people will take back their country,” Pompeo said when asked about the role that Russia, China, and Iran play in the region.

The US has been openly calling for regime change in Venezuela, applying layers of sanctions and telling President Maduro to step down and make way for US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido. Pompeo took the opportunity of Friday’s interview to repeat it.

“They [Maduro and his allies] need to leave Venezuela, and then we can begin to do the work to rebuild that country democratically, with free and fair elections, in a way that will truly restore the greatness that Venezuela once had,” he said.


 

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