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Pompeo Decries 'Dictatorship, Undesired Foreign Presence,' in Venezuela

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo (Pablo Martinez-Monsivais/AP)

By    |   Friday, 05 July 2019 11:50 AM

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday issued a statement celebrating Venezuelan Independence Day and lamenting that dictators, profiteers and an “undesired foreign presence,” have “besieged” the country.

"I congratulate interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence," Pompeo said in a press release from the State Department.

"Once again, the Venezuelan people are besieged by dictatorship, undesired foreign presence, and profiteers," he added. "As in the time of Bolivar, Venezuela's path to democracy is not easy, but you inspire the world with the strength of your voices and tremendous courage. We are with you in your struggle to reclaim your democratic self-governance and free it from those who have betrayed, oppressed, and robbed the Venezuelan people of the wealth of your great nation."

Although he did not mention the nations by name, Newsweek notes that Russia and China have both been supporting embattled President Nicolas Maduro, and that Russia recently vowed to help Venezuela stengthen its military after already sending specialist troops to help Maduro's forces. 

Pompeo concluded, “The United States is unwavering in our commitment to realizing the restoration of your democratic future and the establishment of a government chosen by the Venezuelan people through free and fair elections.  You will have our support until then — and beyond as your recovery begins.”

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Friday issued a statement celebrating Venezuelan Independence Day and lamenting that dictators, profiteers and an “undesired foreign presence,” have “besieged” the country.
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