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Pence urges Latin American allies to isolate Venezuela

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Showing solidarity with opposition leaders, US Vice urged Latin American allies today to further isolate Venezuela, suggesting the would seek additional sanctions to counter the country's political crisis.

Pence, in for the Summit of the Americas, announced that the US would provide nearly USD 16 million in humanitarian assistance to Venezuelans who have fled their country under the rule of

"We want one message to be clear: We are with the people of Venezuela," Pence said at the US ambassador's residence, seated with a group of Venezuelan opposition leaders. The vice called a "dictatorship" and said the US would continue to push a hard line against the country's leadership.

"The US and our allies, I believe, are prepared to do much more," Pence said, accusing Maduro of "refusing humanitarian aid to be delivered to " He said the US would push "additional sanctions, additional isolation and additional diplomatic pressure beginning in our hemisphere but across the wider world."

Pence is subbing for President after the president pulled out of his first planned visit to to manage the US response to an on civilians in

The said Pence would sit down Saturday with Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto, who has yet to meet with Trump in an impasse over the wall Trump has pledged to build along the US-border.

Pence's meeting with Pena Nieto will follow Trump's calls to send troops to the border. That adds further tensions as the neighbours, along with Canada, work to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In a series of meetings with Latin American leaders, Pence plans to promote good governance and democratic institutions and urge allies to maintain pressure on Maduro.

The US has sanctioned Maduro and dozens of top officials, accusing the country of human rights abuses and sliding into a dictatorship.

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First Published: Sat, April 14 2018. 06:15 IST