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Mike Pence Panama Trip Cut Short After Seeking to Isolate Venezuela

Panama City (TeleSUR– Colombia, Argentina, and Chile told Pence they wouldn’t support U.S. military intervention against Venezuela during his Latin American tour.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has cut short his trip to Panama, the final visit of his diplomatic tour across Latin America, after attempting to seek regional support on action against Venezuela.

The White House claimed he cut his trip short in order to meet with U.S. President Donald Trumpabout North Korea, or the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

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Pence was scheduled to return on Friday afternoon, but he will now return on Thursday afternoon, just hours after landing in Panama City. The politician will meet Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela and give a speech at the Panama Canal before returning to Washington.

The ceremony at the Canal is under the exclusive control of the U.S. Embassy in the capital, including its security protocol, according to Prensa Latina.

The meeting will focus on security, bilateral agreements and relations with Venezuela.

Meanwhile, social organizations in Panama organized protests to reject the visit, denouncing Pence’s stance against Venezuela.

“We reject the secretive method with which this visit has been treated and the theme that motivates it: security,” the Polo Ciudadano organization said in a statement.

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“Threats, slander, violence, paramilitaries, coups and invasions are the resources the United States has sought to use to control Latin America since the 19th century,” the organization said.

Luis Navas, director of the University of Panama Canal Institute, asked Varela “to respect the commitment made to Celac (Community of Latin American and Caribbean States) by declaring Latin America a zone of peace” and respecting the self-determination of Venezuelans.

During the first part of his trip, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, Argentine President Mauricio Macri and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet all rejected the attempt by the United States to intervene in Venezuela.

Venezuela also rejected the call made by Pence to pressure their democratically-elected government and threaten them with military intervention.

Vice-President Mike Pence
Image: Flickr – Gage Skidmore

“U.S. Vice President Mike Pence continues his tour through our Latin America, intending to form a coalition to attack Venezuela,” Venezuelan Vice President Tareck El Aissami said on Twitter.

This post was originally written for and published by TeleSUR English.

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