Trump approaches the Caribbean to promote the transition in Venezuela


"In the next 90 days we will send a high-level delegation" to those countries, spokesman Hogan Gidley said without giving further details.

According to Gidley, the meeting discussed "the importance of supporting a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela", as well as the ability to withstand natural disasters, investment opportunities and security cooperation.

"The United States is with our Caribbean friends and wants to advance in our close and long-standing ties with the region, working more closely on priorities like Venezuela and focusing on economic growth," wrote John Bolton, national security adviser of Trump. Twitter.

At the end of the meeting, the Dominican president, Danilo Medina, said that the Dominican Republic is willing to do "everything necessary to help" to "return to the people of Venezuela the return to their democratic process and peace" according to an official statement from the Presidency.

The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moïse, and Prime Ministers Hubert A. Minnis of the Bahamas also attended the meeting, held behind closed doors; Andrew Holness, from Jamaica, and Allen Michael Chastanet, of Saint Lucia.

Two of the five governors invited to Mar-a-Lago, the prime ministers of Saint Lucia and Jamaica, defend the principle of non-interference in Venezuela and continue to consider Maduro the legitimate president of that country.

Most Caribbean Community leaders (Caricom) reiterated their "non-interference" position in Venezuelan affairs at their recent inter-annual meeting held in Saint Kitts and Nevis last month and at the same time they were in favor of search for a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis.

In addition to Trump and the first American woman, a large group of US government officials participated, including the interim Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, White House National Security Advisor John Bolton and Jessica Bedoya Hermann, Director of Security Central America and the Caribbean affairs of the National Security Council.

After the official photo session, the meeting began with a few words from Trump to the invited governors and the short speeches of each of them.

"We are looking forward to spending a lot of time together this afternoon and discussing ways to do things that are beneficial to you and do the same for us," the US president said.

The Caribbean rulers were referring to the strong ties of their countries with the United States, without mentioning Venezuela.

With Hugo Chávez as president, Venezuela has forged a strong relationship with the Caribbean countries through assistance and with organizations such as Petrocaribe, which have resulted in supporting its government in international bodies, particularly in the Organization of American States (OAS).

The Dominican president, who pointed out that his country and the United States are "important partners", said he was in Mar-a-Lago "to discuss issues in the region" and willing to take advantage of Trump's invitation to "collaborate".

Prior to the meeting, Santa Lucia's prime minister told reporters that since Ronald Reagan's time there has been no US president who took "a Caribbean initiative" like that of Trump.

Coinciding with this meeting, the government announced Friday's sanctions against the National Development Bank of Venezuela (Bandes) and its branches in Uruguay and Bolivia, as well as the Banco de Venezuela and Banco Bicentenario.

The decision, according to an official statement, was adopted "in response to the illegal arrest" of Roberto Marrero, the head of the office of the Venezuelan leader of the opposition, Juan Guaidó, who is supported by the United States and from fifty countries as president of Venezuela.



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