US Secretary of State to take part in UNSC meeting on Venezuela on April 10, says source

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UNITED NATIONS, April 9. /TASS/. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo will represent the US at a meeting of the UN Security Council on the humanitarian situation in Venezuela on April 10, a diplomatic source informed TASS on Tuesday.

“Pompeo’s participation is expected,” he said. The emergency meeting will be held at the United States’ initiative.

German Permanent Representative to the UN, Christoph Heusgen, who is the current Security Council President, earlier said that the debates should focus on the dire humanitarian situation in the country rather than political issues.

Juan Guaido, Venezuelan opposition leader and parliament speaker, whose appointment to that position had been cancelled by the country’s Supreme Court, declared himself interim president at a rally in the country’s capital of Caracas on January 23. Several countries, including the United States, Lima Group members (excluding Mexico), as well as the Organization of American States, recognized him as president. Venezuela’s incumbent President Nicolas Maduro blasted these actions as an attempted coup and said that he was cutting diplomatic ties with Washington.

In contrast, Russia, Belarus, Bolivia, Iran, China, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Syria and Turkey voiced support for Maduro.

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