Mike Pence meets Venezuelan opposition ahead of summit

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Without some of the headlining names in the region in attendance, perhaps the most interesting speech came from Bolivian President Evo Morales, who spoke out against the USA government, calling it "the principal enemy against freedom, against democracy, against Mother Earth, and against multilateralism".

Pence was attending the Summit of the Americas on Friday before being whisked away from the gathering and to his hotel shortly before Trump's address to the nation.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has unexpectedly left the start of an worldwide summit in Peru and been whisked off to his hotel.

It will be the first meeting between the two leaders.

That decision was condemned last week by Pena Nieto and opposing candidates for this year's Mexican presidential election.

Pence met with Julio Borges, a Venezuelan opposition lawmaker and former speaker of the National Assembly, David Smolansky, former mayor of the city of El Hatillo, Carlos Vecchio, political coordinator of the Popular Will party he co-founded with opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez, and Antonio Ledezma, former mayor of Caracas.

The summit also gave Pence an opportunity to press the case for tougher sanctions and more isolation of Venezuela across the region.

Pence says he will be calling on US allies to provide additional humanitarian aid during the Summit of the Americas in Lima.

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"I reiterate the call to make a regional pact against corruption", said Peru's President Martín Vizcarra in front of leaders from the region. However, Argentina, Brazil, and Peru voiced caution about escalating military action, Reuters said. The letter blames those policies for declining support for the U.S.in the region at a time China and Russian Federation are making important inroads. He was meeting with Venezuelan opposition leaders.

Pence is filling in for President Donald Trump, who chose to skip the Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, so he could manage the USA response in Syria.

Following last week's apparent chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit to South America to oversee the US response.

Vice President Mike Pence says there's a "real possibility" the US could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement "within the next several weeks".

Vice President Mike Pence has told Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the U.S.is "encouraged" by the progress on negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement and hopeful it can lead to "more fair and reciprocal trade".

Maduro was not invited to the summit - but said he would not attend.

In meetings with Latin American leaders, the vice president is expected to promote good governance and democratic institutions.

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