Mike Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela


In Peru on Saturday, Vice President Mike Pence plans to deal with Latin American leaders on Friday's USA -led airstrikes in Syria, which have been a response to final week's suspected chemical assault by the Assad regime.

Pence is subbing for President Donald Trump after the president pulled out of his first planned visit to Latin America to manage the US response to an apparent chemical weapons attack on civilians in Syria.

Pena Nieto "received a proposal" from Pence's side "with the aim of discussing the state and perspectives of the bilateral relationship between Mexico and the United States", the Mexican president's office said in a statement.

Vice President Mike Pence says the United States stands with Venezuelans fleeing the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

The funding is in addition to the $2.5 million for emergency food and health assistance that the US provided last month, and the more than $3 million donated to the UNHCR for Venezuelans in fiscal year 2017.

Pence introduced that the US would supply practically $16 million in humanitarian help to Venezuelans who've fled their nation and met with opposition leaders who pleaded for extra sanctions.

The meeting comes amid efforts to renegotiate the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and signs that U.S. President Donald Trump is considering rejoining the recently signed Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Vizcarra says addressing corruption "is the utmost importance to us".

The same position was expressed during national forums held in Cuba in preparation for the events in Lima.

The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on officials in Venezuela's socialist government, accusing it of dictatorial behavior, and encouraged other countries in the hemisphere to do the same.

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Maduro was not invited to the summit - but said he would not attend.

"I reject these insulting references to Cuba and Venezuela", he said after Pence assailed Maduro as being responsible for Venezuela's deepening crisis.

Speaking on background, Canadian officials said they expect the meeting to focus on NAFTA and the benefits of free trade for all three North American nations.

Yet the timing of the trade pitch will be delicate.

"I don't see any progress there", said Richard Feinberg, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who helped organize the first Summit of Americas in 1994.

"If it means reliable, predictable, Trump is the opposite", Feinberg said. "He's talking about higher trade barriers and tariffs".

Trump said on Thursday the NAFTA talks between Canada, Mexico and the USA were "coming along great" and "we're getting pretty close to a deal".

The U.S. president has been pushing a tougher line on immigration and seeking stronger protections along the U.S.

On Friday, Mexico's Enrique Pena Nieto told the CEOs that the U.S.is welcome to "eventually reconsider its decision and take advantage of the opportunity to be part of the TPP". -Mexican border in recent weeks.