In Peru for summit, Pence offers support for Syrian strike


Addressing red-shirted supporters at an "anti-imperialist" rally in Caracas, Maduro branded the meeting in Lima as "a complete failure" and said Latin American presidents were wasting their time criticizing him.

Pence, in Lima for the Summit of the Americas, announced that the USA would provide almost United States dollars 16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

For the first time, the United States backed a statement by heads of state from the Lima Group of nations - established past year to seek a peaceful end to Venezuela's political turmoil - which called on Maduro to release political prisoners and hold free elections.

The United States, France and Britain have been moving warships and aircrafts close to Syria in recent days, fuelling speculation that military action could be imminent.

Therefore he would return into his lodge to inform leaders of their missile strikes ahead of Trump's speech to the nation Friday evening, Pence was whisked far from the summit into his own motorcade.

Sixteen countries at the meeting issued a declaration calling for transparent elections in Venezuela and on global organizations to "immediately implement a program of humanitarian assistance". The two leaders did not respond to shouted questions from reporters about the border wall.

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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.

Mexico's president says "the door is open" for the United States to join a Pacific Rim trade deal that was initially rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is praising Peru's "strong stand" on the "tyranny and humanitarian crisis" in Venezuela.

Shortly after arriving Friday, Pence announced the USA would provide almost US$ 16 million in humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who are fleeing.

Pence said Friday in Lima, Peru, that the aid will help Venezuelans in Colombia and Brazil access safe drinking water, shelters, and work and educational opportunities.

Pence's to-do list included smoothing over differences with Mexico, America's southern neighbor, amid unease over Trump's decision to send troops to the border and harsh rhetoric on immigration.

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US President Donald Trump - who cancelled his trip to the summit to supervise his country's response to a suspected poison gas attack in Syria - has called Maduro a "dictator" and unleashed sanctions against the Venezuelan leader and officials.

Maduro, who was not invited to the Summit, said that certain Latin American governments had broken dialogue by refusing to embrace diverse points of view.

The summit was overshadowed by the absence of Trump, who canceled his attendance to deal with the USA response to an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria.

He'll also discuss the influence of Chinese trade in the region.

Pence's talks with Pena Nieto focused on renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

In a series of meetings with Latin American leaders, Pence plans to promote good governance and democratic institutions and urge allies to maintain pressure on Maduro.

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