Pompeo to visit Brazil-Venezuela border to put pressure on Maduro

The Secretary of State will also visit three other countries bordering Venezuela: Colombia, Suriname, and Guyana.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will visit the Brazilian city of Boa Vista, near the border with Venezuela, on Friday, where he will meet with Venezuelan migrants, the US, and Brazilian officials said.

The visit comes amid increasing pressure from Washington to oust leftist President Nicolas Maduro.

During the tour from September 17 to 20, he will also visit other countries neighboring Venezuela-Colombia, Suriname, and Guyana – for meetings with their leaders, the State Department said.
The Secretary of state’s trips come when Maduro has consolidated his power despite political and economic turmoil that has forced 5 million Venezuelans to flee the country.

The trip “underscores the US commitment to protecting democracy,” the state Department said. In Boa Vista, Pompeo will visit “Venezuelan migrants fleeing an artificial disaster in Venezuela,” the statement said.