19 de septiembre de 2017 05:27 AM
Actualizado el 24 de septiembre de 2017 06:40 AM
Venezuela “was one of the wealthiest countries in the world for a long period of time and now the people are starving and the country is collapsing.”
US President Donald Trump made an appeal on Monday for “the full restoration” of democracy and political freedoms in Venezuela, at the beginning of a rendezvous with several Latin American leaders to discuss the Venezuelan case.
“As responsible neighbors and friends of the Venezuelan people, our goal must be to help them and restore their democracy,” President Trump said, as quoted by AP.
The US president thanked his Latin American counterparts attending the meeting for “condemning” the government of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and appreciated their “vital support” to the Venezuelan people.
Trump warned that his government was prepared to take additional steps, without offering details.
According to the US leader, “the situation (in Venezuela) is completely unacceptable.” He recalled the latest sanctions imposed by his government on Maduro’s regime.
Presidents Michel Temer, of Brazil; Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, and Juan Carlos Varela, of Panama, along with Argentinean Vice-President Gabriela Michetti, attended the dinner in a New York hotel.