Trudeau to meet Pence at Americas summit in Lima: PMO

US urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela

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US leader Donald Trump canceled what would have been his first trip as president to Latin American in order to manage the USA response to an apparent chemical weapons attack in Syria.

"The vast majority of the region's democratic leaders have been so united on addressing the crisis", she said.

One planned meeting gathering attention was to be with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.

"We are with you", Pence told the opposition leaders, in what he described as a message from Trump to the opposition and people of Venezuela.

The vice president is to sit down with several Latin American leaders, including Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Peruvian President Martin Vizcarra and Argentine President Mauricio Macri.

The vice president announced that the United States would provide almost $16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

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

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday that the US would submit a bid to host the next summit in 2021 in an apparent act to quell doubts about the nation's commitment to the region.

The vice president says Maduro has turned Venezuela into a dictatorship and has brought about "abject misery".

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Vice President Mike Pence says the US will provide almost $16 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who have fled their country during the political crisis under President Nicolas Maduro.

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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.

The funds are through the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development. They include National Assembly President Julio Borges and former Caracas mayor Antonio Ledezma.

Pence took Trump's place at the summit so the president could remain in the U.S.to manage the response to the apparent chemical attack by Syria.

Vice President Mike Pence in prepared remarks to regional leaders at the Summit of America twice recalled traveling to the border with Venezuela during a trip past year to Colombia.

The vice president is expected to urge Latin American leaders to maintain pressure on the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

Organized by trade unions and social organizations in Peru, the event demonstrates continental solidarity in the face of internal and external threats to which progressive efforts are subjected in our region.

Vice President Mike Pence plans to promote the U.S.as a steady trading partner and press Latin American partners to further isolate Venezuela during his weekend trip to Peru.

Pence, who filled in for Trump, spent part of the summit trying to drum up support for further isolating Venezuela, which faces mounting US sanctions.

The official theme of this year's Summit of the Americas, where heads of state in the Western Hemisphere will meet through Saturday, is corruption.

"It's not surprising. It shows the priority President Trump gives to Latin America", a Brazilian government source who asked not to be named said.

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