US Secretary of State John Kerry has expressed concerns over the current political and economic turmoil in Venezuela as he met the Opec nation’s President Nicolas Maduro on Monday (26 September).
It was the first official meeting between the two since Kerry took charge. They met in Cartagena in Colombia, on the sidelines of a ceremony held for the signing of a peace agreement between Colombia and Farc rebels to end that country’s civil war.
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Kerry said he was extremely worried about tensions in Caracas as Maduro’s recall referendum is reported to be getting delayed.
“We’re very, very concerned for the people of Venezuela, for the level of conflict, starvation, lack of medicine,” Kerry told reporters before his meeting with Maduro. “The humanitarian situation is of enormous concern,” the Associated Press quoted him as saying.