Statement of Support for Venezuelan Democracy

Statement of Support for Venezuelan Democracy August 3, 2020 For Immediate Release The United States applauds the statement made by 27 valiant Venezuelan political parties on August 2 regarding Venezuela’s democracy.  In the statement, they demanded political prisoners in Venezuela be released and showed that currently, there are no conditions for any free and fair elections in Venezuela under Maduro.  …

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ICE HSI Orlando, HSI Guatemala seize aircraft, cocaine

07/28/2020 ICE HSI Orlando, HSI Guatemala seize aircraft, cocaine   Up: After offloading the cocaine, the narco traffickers attempted to bury the drugs. Total- 2,107 kgs. | Down: GIII jet scuttled by narco traffickers in Guatemala.   ORLANDO – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) seized 2,107 kilograms of cocaine and …

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Public Designation of Former Officials of the Illegitimate Maduro Regime Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption 

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO July 28, 2020 Public Designation of Former Officials of the Illegitimate Maduro Regime  Due to Involvement in Significant Corruption    Today, I am announcing the designation of former Venezuelan Minister of Electric Power and President of Corpoelec, Luis Alfredo Motta Dominguez, and former Venezuelan …

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U.S. Sanctions Moron Brothers for their Role in Regime Corruption

U.S. Sanctions Moron Brothers for their Role in Regime Corruption   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 23, 2020   The United States is sanctioning brothers Santiago Jose Moron Hernandez and Ricardo Jose Moron Hernandez for their sustained support of corruption by the illegitimate Maduro regime.  By enabling an illicit gold scheme and other blatant public corruption, these two …

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The State Department Takes Action and Calls for Information to Bring Venezuelan National Maikel Jose Moreno Perez to Justice

The State Department Takes Action and Calls for Information to Bring Venezuelan National Maikel Jose Moreno Perez to Justice   PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JULY 21, 2020   Today, I am announcing a reward under the Transnational Organized Crime Program of up to $5 million for information leading to the arrest and/or conviction of Venezuelan National, Maikel Jose Moreno Perez for participating in transnational …

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USAID ANNOUNCES FIRST BETTERTOGETHER / JUNTOSESMEJOR CHALLENGE AWARDS IN VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA

USAID ANNOUNCES FIRST BETTERTOGETHER / JUNTOSESMEJOR CHALLENGE AWARDS IN VENEZUELA AND COLOMBIA   For Immediate Release Tuesday, July 7, 2020 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov   JuntosEsMejor innovation awards in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Colombia. Premise Data, a U.S.-based company, will use a digital platform to crowdsource …

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Statement by the President on Venezuelan Independence Day

Statement by the President on Venezuelan Independence Day   Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2020   Today, on the 209th anniversary of the Venezuelan Declaration of Independence, the United States reaffirms our solidarity with the people of Venezuela. The Venezuelan people are suffering under an illegitimate and tyrannical regime intent …

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CONDEMNATION OF MADURO’S LATEST STEP TO DISMANTLE VENEZUELA’S DEMOCRACY

CONDEMNATION OF MADURO’S LATEST STEP TO DISMANTLE VENEZUELA’S DEMOCRACY July 2, 2020 For immediate release We condemn the latest act of Maduro’s puppet Elections Committee (CNE) to lay the groundwork for the Maduro regime to illegitimately remain in power without the consent of the Venezuelan people.  The people of Venezuela want real change.  The recent …

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Treasury Targets Sanctions Evasion Network Supporting Corrupt Venezuelan Actors

Treasury Targets Sanctions Evasion Network Supporting Corrupt Venezuelan Actors June 18, 2020   Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated three individuals and eight foreign entities, and identified two vessels as blocked property for their activities in or associated with a network attempting to evade United States …

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The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election

The United States Condemns Maduro’s Latest Step to Rig the Next Venezuelan Election PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JUNE 15, 2020 Free elections are the path out of Venezuela’s deep political crisis.  Unfortunately, on June 12, the Maduro regime-controlled Supreme Court continued to manipulate the Venezuelan Constitution by illegally naming a new, regime-aligned National Electoral Council (CNE). Venezuelans …

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The United States Targets Maritime Entities for Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime in the Venezuela Oil Trade

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY MICHAEL R. POMPEO   June 2, 2020 The United States Targets Maritime Entities for Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime in the Venezuela Oil Trade   Today the United States imposed sanctions against four companies for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy.  These companies are transporting oil that was effectively stolen …

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President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts

Issued on: May 6, 2020 Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individual to a key position in his Administration:: James Broward Story, of South Carolina, to be Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. James Broward Story, a career member …

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Authorizing Transactions Involving Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) Necessary for the Limited Maintenance of Essential Operations in Venezuela or

  OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL Venezuela Sanctions Regulations 31 C.F.R. Part 591 GENERAL LICENSE NO. 8F   Authorizing Transactions Involving Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA) Necessary for the Limited Maintenance of Essential Operations in Venezuela or the Wind Down of Operations in Venezuela for Certain Entities (a) Except as provided in paragraphs (c) and …

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Fact Sheet: Provision of Humanitarian Assistance and Trade to Combat COVID-19

DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY WASHINGTON, D.C.   OFFICE OF FOREIGN ASSETS CONTROL   Fact Sheet: Provision of Humanitarian Assistance and Trade to Combat COVID-19   April 16, 2020 The United States is committed to ensuring that humanitarian assistance continues to reach atrisk populations through legitimate and transparent channels as countries across the globe fight the …

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Treasury Underscores Commitment to Global Flow of Humanitarian Aid in Face of COVID-19 Pandemic

PRESS RELEASES Treasury Underscores Commitment to Global Flow of Humanitarian Aid in Face of COVID-19 Pandemic   April 9, 2020   WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of the Treasury stands with governments and citizens around the world in the global war against the COVID-19 global pandemic. The United States is committed to ensuring the international flow of …

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The United States Proposes a Framework for a Peaceful Democratic Transition in Venezuela

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE MARCH 31, 2020 On March 31, the United States proposed a pathway to resolving Venezuela’s crisis by means of a peaceful, democratic transition.  This framework calls for the establishment of broadly acceptable transitional government to administer free and fair presidential elections and a pathway to lifting Venezuela-related U.S. sanctions.  It builds on the …

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Treasury Targets Russian Oil Brokerage Firm for Supporting Illegitimate Maduro Regime

February 18, 2020 Washington – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) today designated Rosneft Trading S.A., the Swiss-incorporated, Russian-controlled oil brokerage firm pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850, as amended, for operating in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy. OFAC also designated the chairman of the board of directors …

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The United States Sanctions Rosneft Trading S.A. to Secure Venezuela’s Natural Resources

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE FEBRUARY 18, 2020 On February 18, the United States took action to halt the former Maduro regime’s theft of Venezuela’s assets and continued usurpation of democracy by sanctioning Rosneft Trading S.A., a Swiss-incorporated, Russian-owned oil brokerage firm, for operating in Venezuela’s oil sector. Additionally, Rosneft Trading board …

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The United States Condemns Detention of Interim President Guaido’s Family Member

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 15, 2020 The United States strongly condemns the detention of Juan Jose Marquez, uncle of interim President Juan Guaido, and demands his immediate release. The preposterous charges that have been put forward further exemplify the increasing desperation of Maduro and his corrupt associates. Manufacturing evidence to justify arbitrary, …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green meets with the interim president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the honorable Juan Guaidó

Readout For Immediate Release Thursday, February 6, 2020 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala: On February 6, 2020, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with the Interim President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, the Honorable Juan Guaidó, …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Meeting with Interim President Juan Guaido of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

READOUT OFFICE OF THE SPOKESPERSON FEBRUARY 6, 2020 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus: Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Interim President Juan Guaido of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and underscored our unwavering support for his democratic leadership. The two discussed Interim President Guaido’s successful international trip and his …

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Remarks by President Trump in State of the Union Address

U.S. Capitol Washington, D.C. 9:06 P.M. EST THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you very much. Madam Speaker, Mr. Vice President, members of Congress, the First Lady of the United States — (applause) — and my fellow citizens: Three years ago, we launched the great American comeback. Tonight, I stand before you …

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Delivering Life-Saving Humanitarian Relief to Venezuelans in Need

FACT SHEET BUREAU OF POPULATION, REFUGEES, AND MIGRATION FEBRUARY 4, 2020 Since 2017, the United States has provided over $656 million in aid to the Venezuela crisis, of which nearly $473 million is humanitarian assistance for the close to 4.8 million Venezuelans who have been forced to flee their country and those facing acute humanitarian needs inside Venezuela.  The Department of …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo With Venezuelan Interim President Juan Guaido

REMARKS MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE GENERAL SANTANDER POLICE ACADEMY BOGOTA, COLOMBIA JANUARY 20, 2020 INTERIM PRESIDENT GUAIDO: (In Spanish.) SECRETARY POMPEO: President Guaido, thank you for being here today. And thank you for joining a huge group of countries today who’s working on fighting terrorism all around the world, including in Venezuela. A …

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Treasury Targets Officials Involved in Illegitimate Attempted Takeover of the Venezuelan National Assembly

January 13, 2020 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated seven Venezuelan government officials who, on behalf of former Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, led a failed attempt to illegitimately seize control of the National Assembly and block interim President Juan Guaidó and other deputies from participating …

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Supporting the Venezuelan People

Supporting the Venezuelan People PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 9, 2020 Venezuela’s political crisis has led to the flight of more than 4.8 million people, the collapse of a once prosperous country’s educational, economic, industrial, and healthcare systems, and the abuse of human rights and fundamental freedoms. A swift negotiated transition …

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The United States Congratulates Interim President Juan Guaido on His Re-Election as President of the National Assembly

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 5, 2020 On behalf of the United States, I congratulate Juan Guaido on his re-election as president of the Venezuelan National Assembly and condemn the failed efforts of the former Maduro regime to negate the will of the democratically elected National Assembly. For months corrupt regime …

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Public Designation of Leopoldo Cintra Frias Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE JANUARY 2, 2020 The Department is publicly designating Leopoldo Cintra Frias, Minister of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Cuba (MINFAR), under Section 7031(c) of the FY 2019 Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Act, due to his involvement, by command responsibility, in gross violations …

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Venezuela Affairs Unit, PAS Annual Program Statement

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE VENEZUELA AFFAIRS UNIT PUBLIC AFFAIRS SECTION Notice of Funding Opportunity Funding Opportunity Title: Venezuela Affairs Unit, PAS Annual Program Statement Deadline for Applications: Rolling CFDA Number: 19.040 – Public Diplomacy Programs Maximum for Each Award: $50,000 A. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION The Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU) Public Affairs Section (PAS) is pleased to …

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FAA Announces Safety Rating for Venezuela

December 13, 2019 WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Venezuelan regime does not comply with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards under the International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program and has been assigned a Category 2 rating. A Category 2 IASA rating means the country either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air …

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Treasury Takes Steps to Harmonize International Sanctions Efforts Against Venezuelan Officials

November 5, 2019 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) identified five current officials of the Government of Venezuela pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13884, which blocks the property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela and those who have acted or purported to have acted …

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USAID and The Inter-American Development Bank launch $13.5 Million innovation challenge for Venezuelans across Latin America and The Caribbean

For Immediate Release Monday, October 21, 2019 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) launched the BetterTogether, JuntosEsMejor, Challenge. With this new partnership, USAID and IDB will provide $13.5 million to crowdsource, fund, and scale innovative solutions that support Venezuelans …

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USAID Administrator Mark Green whit Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Vecchio on Milestone Bilateral Development Agreement

Remarks For Immediate Release Tuesday, October 8, 2019 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR BARSA: Good morning, everyone. My name is John Barsa. I’m the Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. I’d like to welcome you all here today. We are here to witness the signing …

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Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Threaten Venezuela’s Democratic Institutions

  IMMIGRATION    Issued on: September 25, 2019 There remains a political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela due to the continued failure of Nicolas Maduro, Maduro regime officials, and others to support the rule of law.  Given the importance to the United States of fostering the functioning of constitutional government and democratic institutions in Venezuela, I have …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding a Democratic Transition in Venezuela

The White house  Office of the Press Secretary September 25, 2019 Today, President Donald J. Trump and other United States officials hosted leaders from Western Hemisphere countries to discuss the need for a democratic transition in Venezuela to resolve the prolonged political, economic, and humanitarian crisis caused by Nicolas Maduro and his regime. The United …

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USAID announces $52 millions in development assistance for programs inside Venezuela

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 Office of Press Relations Telephone: +1.202.712.4320 | Email: press@usaid.gov   Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green, while standing alongside Venezuelan lawmakers, human-rights activists, and the Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, announced $52 million in development assistance to help Venezuela’s Interim President Juan Guaido, …

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Treasury Further Targets Entities and Vessels Moving Venezuelan Oil to Cuba

PRESS RELEASES September 24, 2019   Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four entities that operate in the oil sector of the Venezuelan economy pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13850.  Additionally, OFAC identified four vessels that transport oil and other petroleum products from Venezuela to Cuba …

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Suspension of Talks Between Venezuela’s Interim Government and the Former Maduro Regime

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 The suspension of the Norway-sponsored talks between Venezuela’s interim government and the former Maduro regime reflects the refusal of the regime to negotiate in good faith. Once again, the regime sees negotiations as a delaying tactic and has subverted good-faith efforts to find a peaceful political …

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United States Takes Action on Vast Corruption Network in Venezuela

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 17, 2019 On September 17, the United States designated three individuals and 16 entities connected with Nicolás Maduro’s associate Alex Saab and his business partner Alvaro Pulido. This action increases pressure on Saab and Pulido, who were designated on July 25, 2019, for their looting of …

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The United States Joins the Interim Government of Venezuela and Other Countries in Invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE SEPTEMBER 11, 2019 The United States joins the Interim Government of Venezuela and ten other countries in invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR). This Venezuelan-led request is proof of the region’s support for the Venezuelan people and recognition of the increasingly destabilizing influence that the …

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United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis

PRESS STATEMENT MORGAN ORTAGUS, DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON SEPTEMBER 4, 2019 United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis Deputy Secretary John Sullivan and United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green announced September 4 in Cúcuta, Colombia more than $120 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address the largest external …

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Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 28, 2019 The Department of State announces the opening of the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), under the leadership of Charge d’Affaires James Story. The VAU is the interim diplomatic office of the U.S. Government to Venezuela, located at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota‎, Colombia, and has …

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Treasury Underscores U.S. Commitment to Humanitarian Support for Venezuelan People

AUGUST 06, 2019 Washington—Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) issued guidance highlighting the United States’ commitment to the unfettered flow of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people. OFAC maintains several authorizations that permit humanitarian-related transactions, enabling continued support to the people of Venezuela and ensuring that legitimate humanitarian …

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President Donald J. Trump is Cutting Off the Financial Resources of Maduro and His Cronies

“The people of Venezuela are standing for freedom and democracy, and the United States of America is standing right by their side.” President Donald J. Trump ISOLATING MADURO AND HIS CRONIES: President Donald J. Trump is taking action to isolate the illegitimate Maduro regime from the global financial system. The President signed an executive order …

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Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding an Executive Order “Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela”

Yesterday, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Order “Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela.” This Executive Order blocks all property and interests in property of the Government of Venezuela that are within the jurisdiction of the United States. It also authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State, …

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The United States remains committed to supporting the people of Venezuela

Fact Sheet For Immediate Release Monday, August 5, 2019 Office of Press Relations A SPIRALING HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: While the illegitimate former Maduro regime continues to deny the scale of the crisis – as well as its role in causing it – independent international organizations report dire, irrefutable findings from inside Venezuela. The July 2019 United Nations (U.N.) Human Rights report confirms that Nicolás …

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The United States Publicly Designates Venezuela’s Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza and Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala for Gross Violations of Human Rights

PRESS STATEMENT MICHAEL R. POMPEO, SECRETARY OF STATE AUGUST 2, 2019 The United States is publicly designating Rafael Enrique Bastardo Mendoza, Commander of Venezuela’s police special forces (the FAES), and Ivan Rafael Hernandez Dala, Commander of military counter intelligence (the DGCIM), for their involvement in gross violations of human rights. The security and intelligence organizations …

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Treasury Disrupts Corruption Network Stealing From Venezuela’s Food Distribution Program, CLAP

PRESS RELEASE JULY 25, 2019 Alex Saab bribed stepsons of Nicolás Maduro and exploited no-bid contracts to loot hundreds of millions of dollars from starving Venezuelans Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Colombian national Alex Nain Saab Moran (Saab), a profiteer orchestrating a vast corruption …

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Treasury Sanctions Officials of Venezuela’s Military Counterintelligence Agency

JULY 19, 2019 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four officials of the General Directorate of Military Counterintelligence (DGCIM). The DGCIM, including these officials, has been accused of systemic human rights abuses and repressing dissent and was sanctioned on July 11, 2019 pursuant to Executive …

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USAID administrator Mark Green’s meeting with his excellency Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan ambassador to the United States, and Venezuelan human ri

Readout For Immediate Release Friday, July 19, 2019 The following is attributable to Spokesperson Tom Babington: On July 19, 2019, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with His Excellency Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States, and Venezuelan human rights activist Lilian Tintori. The Administrator reiterated the U.S. Government’s support …

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Venezuela’s Independence Day

07/03/2019 06:10 PM EDT On behalf of the people of the United States of America, I congratulate interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela as you celebrate the anniversary of your independence. Once again, the Venezuelan people are besieged by dictatorship, undesired foreign presence, and profiteers.  As in the time of …

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Updated Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy, Venezuela January 22, 2019

Location: Venezuela Event: Demonstrations are scheduled to take place throughout Venezuela on January 23, and may continue throughout the week. The U.S. Embassy will maintain normal business hours and will receive any U.S. citizens needing emergency services.  However, the movement of U.S. government personnel will be restricted to the following neighborhoods in Caracas: Valle Arriba …

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Venezuela Treasury Sanctions

  Blocking property of additional persons contributing to the situation in Venezuela (November 1, 2018) The United States Imposes Sanctions on Venezuelan Individuals and Entities (September 25, 2018) Treasury Targets Venezuelan President Maduro’s Inner Circle and Proceeds of Corruption in the United States (September 25, 2018) OFAC publishes changes to the purchase of PDVSA 2020 bonus and also expands 2 new issues in the frequently asked questions (July 19, 2018) Treasury Targets Influential Former Venezuelan Official and His Corruption Network (May 18, 2018) Treasury Sanctions Four Current or Former Venezuelan Officials Associated with Economic Mismanagement and Corruption (March 19, 2018) Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials (November 9, 2017) Statement by the Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela  (August 25, 2017) Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly (August 9, 2017) Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela (July 31, 2017) Treasury Sanctions Eight Members of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice (May 18, 2017)

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo, Zulia

Message for U.S. Citizens: Temporary Closure of U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo, Zulia July 13, 2018 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that the U.S. Consular Agency in Maracaibo is temporarily closed until further notice.  Any citizen needing routine or emergency services should contact the U.S. Embassy in Caracas using the contact information below. Assistance: · …

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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Maracaibo on July 9th, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Maracaibo on Monday, July 9th 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used in the United …

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U.S. Announcements in Response to May 20 Venezuelan Elections

  Statement from President Donald J. Trump on the Maduro Regime in Venezuela (May 21, 2018) Executive Order Prohibiting Certain Additional Transactions with Respect to Venezuela (May 21, 2018) Statement from Vice President Mike Pence on Venezuela’s Elections (May 21, 2018) Statement by Secretary Pompeo on Unfair, Unfree Vote in Venezuela (May 21, 2018) U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green on Venezuelan Sham Elections (May 22, 2018)  

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U.S. Support to Venezuela

President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts  (May 6, 2020) Supporting the Venezuelan People  (January 9, 2020) Public Designation of Leopoldo Cintra Frias Due to Involvement in Gross Violations of Human Rights  (January 2, 2020) FAA Announces Safety Rating for Venezuela  (December 13, 2019) Treasury Takes Steps to Harmonize International Sanctions Efforts Against Venezuelan Officials  (November 5, 2019) USAID and The Inter-American Development Bank launch $13.5 Million innovation challenge for Venezuelans across Latin America and The Caribbean  (October 21, 2019) Statement by U.S. Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Kelly Craft  (October 17, 2019) USAID Administrator Mark Green whit Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Vecchio on Milestone Bilateral Development Agreement  (October 8, 2019) Proclamation on the Suspension of Entry as Immigrants and Nonimmigrants of Persons who Threaten Venezuela’s Democratic Institutions  (September 25, 2019) Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding a Democratic Transition in Venezuela  (September 25, 2019) USAID announces $52 millions in development assistance for programs inside Venezuela  (September 24, 2019) Treasury Further Targets Entities and Vessels Moving Venezuelan Oil to Cuba  (September 24, 2019) Suspension of Talks Between Venezuela’s Interim Government and the Former Maduro Regime  (September 17, 2019) United States Takes Action on Vast Corruption Network in Venezuela  (September 17, 2019) The United States Joins the Interim Government of Venezuela and Other Countries in Invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance  (September 11, 2019) STATEMENT: United States Announces Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Response to Venezuelan Regional Crisis  (September 4, 2019) Creation of the Venezuela Affairs Unit  (August 28, 2019) The United States Imposes Maximum Pressure on Former Maduro Regime  (August 6, 2019) Statement from the Press Secretary Regarding an Executive Order “Blocking Property of the Government of Venezuela”  (August …

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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Margarita Island on Friday, May 4th, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Margarita Island on Friday, May 4th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used in the …

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Venezuela 2017 Human Rights Report

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2017 Preface We are a nation founded on the belief that every person is endowed with inalienable rights. Promoting and defending these rights is central to who we are as a country. The 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (The Human Rights Reports) document the status of human rights …

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Transit Visa Interviews

Public Affairs Office Media Unit Tel: 907- 8550; Fax: 907- 8243 ve.usembassy.gov TRANSIT VISA INTERVIEWS Thousands of travelers are affected by airline suspensions between Venezuela and Panama. In order to facilitate travel through the United States, the U.S. Embassy in Caracas advises stranded travelers that emergency transit visa interview appointments are available. The Department of State …

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U.S. Humanitarian Funding to Colombia to Help Displaced Venezuelans

March 20, 2018 Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson: United States Assisting Venezuelans in Need Click here for the full statement: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2018/03/279413.htm ### March 20, 2018 Press Release: Ambassador Nikki Haley on U.S. Humanitarian Funding to Colombia to Help Displaced Venezuelans Click here for the full statement: https://usun.state.gov/remarks/8344 #### March 20, 2018 Statement by Administrator Mark Green on U.S. …

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Treasury Sanctions Four Current or Former Venezuelan Officials Associated with Economic Mismanagement and Corruption

U.S. Department of the Treasury Office of Public Affairs Press Release:           MARCH 19, 2018 Treasury Sanctions Four Current or Former Venezuelan Officials Associated with Economic Mismanagement and Corruption   MARCH 19, 2018 Washington – Today the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated four current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to …

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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal and notary appointments in Maracaibo on March 19 and 20, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Maracaibo on Monday, March 19th and Tuesday 20th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be …

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Secretary Tillerson and the U.S. Engagement in the Western Hemisphere

Remarks Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State University of Texas at Austin Austin, Texas February 1, 2018   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Thank you, thank you so much. And thank you, Greg, for that very kind, warm introduction, inviting me back home today. And I want to thank those at the Clements Center of National Security and the …

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Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement By Heather Nauert, Spokesperson January 26, 2018 Secretary Tillerson to Travel to Austin, Mexico City, Bariloche, Buenos Aires, Lima, Bogotá, and Kingston U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico; Bariloche and Buenos Aires, …

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Venezuela’s Snap Presidential Elections (January 24, 2018)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 24, 2018 The United States strongly rejects the call by Venezuela’s illegitimate Constituent Assembly for snap presidential elections before April 30. This vote would be neither free nor fair. It would only deepen, not help resolve, national tensions. It would not reflect the will of the …

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U.S. Embassy Rejects Unfounded Allegations Regarding the Death of Mr. Tomas Lucena

  Press Statement Public Affairs Office Media Unit Caracas. January 19, 2018 U.S. Embassy Rejects Unfounded Allegations Regarding the Death of Mr. Tomas Lucena January 19, 2018, Caracas. The Embassy of the United States of America in Venezuela emphatically rejects President Maduro’s unfounded public assertions on January 11 that the United States was involved in the …

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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal / notary appointments in Valencia on January 29, 2018

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Valencia on Monday, January 29, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas. U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to: Renew a U.S. passport Notarize a document that will be used in the …

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U.S. Embassy Reopens Appointments for First-Time Business and Tourist Visa Applicants

Press Release Public Affairs Section Press Section Caracas, Venezuela January 10, 2018 U.S. Embassy Reopens Appointments for First-Time Business and Tourist Visa Applicants The U.S. Embassy in Caracas will resume scheduling new appointments for first-time business or tourist (B-1/B-2) visa applicants on January 17, 2018. First-time applicants for a B-1/B-2 visa may pay the application …

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American Citizen Services to offer passport renewal in Maracaibo (week of January 15th, 2018)

The American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas will travel to Maracaibo the week of January 15th, 2018, to provide services to U.S. citizens living in the city and surrounding areas.  U.S. citizens may take advantage of this opportunity to:  ·         Renew a U.S. passport Appointments will be limited and preference will be …

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U.S. Chargé d’Affaires presses Holt case in first meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister

US Embassy – Venezuela Press Release Public Affairs Section Press Section U.S. Chargé d’Affaires presses Holt case in first meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister December 28, 2017 The Honorable Todd Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, e.p., met with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza on December 28, 2017. During their frank 20 minute meeting, Chargé Robinson called on the …

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Illegitimate Constituent Assembly Undermining Democracy in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Washington, DC December 22, 2017 The United States condemns the illegitimate Constituent Assembly’s continued attacks on Venezuelan democracy. On December 20, it passed a decree to effectively ban certain political opposition parties from participating in the 2018 presidential election. The Venezuelan people deserve better. The U.S. calls for respect for the …

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Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation (December 21, 2017)

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Secretary Tillerson Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act Implementation December 21, 2017 Today, alongside the President and the Department of the Treasury, the Department of State took action against persons who have committed serious human rights abuse and engaged in corruption around …

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Todd Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. arrives in Venezuela (December 18, 2017)

Boletín de Prensa Oficina Informativa y Cultural Sección de Prensa Caracas, December 18, 2017 Todd Robinson, Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. arrives in Venezuela The Honorable Todd Robinson arrived in Venezuela today and assumed the post of Chargé d’Affaires, e.p. at the U.S. Embassy in Caracas. Mr. Robinson is a professional diplomat with personal rank of Minister …

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National Security Strategy Fact Sheet (December 18, 2017)

PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP ANNOUNCES A NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY TO ADVANCE AMERICA’S INTERESTS “Our government’s first duty is to its people, to our citizens — to serve their needs, to ensure their safety, to preserve their rights, and to defend their values.” – President Donald J. Trump A NEW NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY FOR A NEW …

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Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid for the Venezuelan People (December 15, 2017)

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release  STATEMENT BY HEATHER NAUERT, SPOKESPERSON December 15, 2017 Venezuela: Humanitarian Aid for the Venezuelan People   The United States stands with the Venezuelan people, and supports their efforts to resolve the economic, political, and humanitarian crises facing their country.  We remain deeply concerned that the …

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Prolonged Detention of Joshua Holt (December 14, 2017)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 14, 2017 Prolonged Detention of Joshua Holt On December 12, U.S. citizen Joshua Holt was charged after more than 17 months of detention. U.S. Embassy personnel were not permitted to observe Mr. Holt’s court hearing on December 12. The United States remains extremely concerned for Mr. …

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Venezuela’s Undemocratic Electoral Process (December 11, 2017)

The United States condemns President Maduro’s threat to ban opposition parties from participating in next year’s presidential elections. The Venezuelan people deserve the right to express their views and consent to governance through a free and fair democratic process that is open to all candidates. A presidential election cannot be legitimate if candidates and parties …

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Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials (November 9, 2017)

Treasury Sanctions Ten Venezuelan Government Officials 11/9/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated ten current or former Venezuelan government officials pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  These individuals are associated with undermining electoral processes, media censorship, or corruption in government-administered food programs in Venezuela.  This designation …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Notice Regarding Social Security Services (September 29, 2017)

Message for U.S. Citizens NOTICE REGARDING SOCIAL SECURITY SERVICES (Sept 29, 2017) The Social Security Administration (SSA) has consolidated its overseas operations into several regional offices that provide a full range of SSA services for U.S. citizens residing outside of the United States.  Effective October 1, 2017, individuals residing in Caracas, Venezuela who require social …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Restrictions on U.S. Diplomat Movement Policy (September 25, 2017)

The U.S. Embassy in Caracas informs all U.S. citizens in Venezuela that the policy regarding the movements of U.S. citizen diplomats and their family members in Caracas and elsewhere in Venezuela has been updated.  As always, the Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in and traveling through Venezuela to remain vigilant at all times and …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Ongoing Demonstration in Chacao Area (September 25, 2017)

The Embassy has received reports that Opposition supporters have blocked Francisco de Miranda and Elice Streets in the Chacao district of Caracas. The Chacao police are at the scene and the Embassy has received reports that the police have already deployed tear gas and non-lethal ammunition against the demonstrators. The situation is ongoing and U.S. diplomats have …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 28

  United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 28 (Aug 28, 2017) The U.S. Embassy has received reports that a group of opposition supporters are planning to march from Plaza Alfredo Sadel towards the U.S. Embassy Monday, August 28, at an undetermined time. The …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela (August 25, 2017)

Statement by the Press Secretary on New Financial Sanctions on Venezuela August 25, 2017. President Donald J. Trump has signed an Executive Order imposing strong, new financial sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela. The Maduro dictatorship continues to deprive the Venezuelan people of food and medicine, imprison the democratically-elected opposition, and violently suppress freedom of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nationwide Military Exercises Scheduled for August 26-27

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Nationwide Military Exercises Scheduled for August 26-27 (August 24, 2017) The U.S. Embassy in Caracas advises U.S. citizens to be aware that exercises by the Venezuelan military are scheduled throughout the country the weekend of August 26-27 in apparent reaction to recent U.S. Government comments on Venezuela. …

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Press Statement: Assumption of Legislative Powers in Venezuela

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 18, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the assumption of legislative powers by the illegitimate Constituent Assembly. This power grab is designed to supplant the democratically-elected National Assembly with an authoritarian committee operating above the law. In our view, the democratically-elected National Assembly is the only …

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VENEZUELA 2016 International Religious Freedom Report

  VENEZUELA 2016 INTERNATIONAL RELIGIOUS FREEDOM REPORT Executive Summary The constitution provides for freedom of religion on the condition its practice does not violate public morality, decency, or public order. The Directorate of Justice and Religion (DJR), an office in the Ministry of Interior, Justice, and Peace (MOI), is charged with maintaining a registry of …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 15 (Aug 14, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Possible Gathering at U.S. Embassy August 15 (Aug 14, 2017) The U.S. Embassy has received reports on social media that opposition supporters are planning to gather outside the U.S. Embassy tomorrow Tuesday, August 15, at an undetermined time. The U.S. Embassy will be operating …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Government March Scheduled for August 14 (Aug 14, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Caracas: Government March Scheduled for August 14 (Aug 14, 2017) The Embassy has received reports that a pro-government march been scheduled for Monday, August 14th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Possible gathering points include Avenida Libertador and CANTV headquarters, converging on the presidential palace, Palacio Miraflores.   U.S. Embassy …

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Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela (Aug. 11, 2017)

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 11, 2017 Statement by the Press Secretary on Venezuela Today, Nicolas Maduro requested a phone call with President Donald J. Trump. Since the start of this Administration, President Trump has asked that Maduro respect Venezuela’s constitution, hold free and fair elections, release political …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition March Scheduled for August 12 (Aug 11, 2017)

United States Embassy Caracas, Venezuela Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Opposition March Scheduled for August 12 (Aug 11, 2017) The Embassy has received reports that an opposition march has been scheduled for Saturday, August 12th beginning at 11:00 a.m. in various locations throughout Caracas, including Chacao, El Hatillo, Parque Cristal, and Plaza de las Américas in …

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Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly

Treasury Sanctions Eight Individuals Involved in Venezuela’s Illegitimate Constituent Assembly 8/9/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals involved in organizing or otherwise supporting the creation of Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (Asamblea Constituyente or AC) and participating in anti-democratic actions pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692.  The …

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Venezuela’s Illegitimate National Constituent Assembly (August 3, 2017)

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 3, 2017   The United States considers the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly the illegitimate product of a flawed process designed by the Maduro dictatorship to further its assault on democracy. The process was rigged from the start, from the irregular manner in which the election was …

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Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela (July 31, 2017)

Treasury Sanctions the President of Venezuela 7/31/2017 Washington – Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro Moros, pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13692, which authorizes sanctions against current or former officials of the Government of Venezuela and others undermining democracy in Venezuela.  …

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Fact Sheet on Cuba Policy

President Donald J. Trump is changing the policy of the United States toward Cuba to achieve four objectives: Enhance compliance with United States law—in particular the provisions that govern the embargo of Cuba and the ban on tourism; Hold the Cuban regime accountable for oppression and human rights abuses ignored under the Obama policy; Further …

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Check out Our New Site!

Yes, we have a brand new website! Have a look around! The new-look website has seven sections representing broad topics that may be of interest to you. The sections are broken down further into sub-categories to assist you in finding specific information.

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Remarks by Michael J. Fitzpatrick at the OAS meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela

As Delivered Thank you Mr. Chairman, good afternoon to one and all, esteemed ministers, Secretary General, permanent representatives and delegates: Muy buenas tardes a todas y a todos. First, let me extend a special welcome to the foreign ministers who have joined us today. Sra. Ministra, Delcy Rodriguez, bienvenidos como siempre; que gusto verlo de …

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Release Venezuelan Prisoners of Conscience

Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC This week’s  Inter-American Commission on Human Rights  (IACHR) hearings painted a distressing picture of the conditions for prisoners of conscience in Venezuela, including inhumane treatment at the hands of prison officials. We reiterate our call for the release of those imprisoned for their political beliefs. The Venezuelan Government unfortunately continues to block …

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President Barack Obama Addresses the Cuban People

Among many things, President Obama said: “In his most famous poem [“Cultivo Una Rosa Blanca”), Jose Marti made this offering of friendship and peace to both his friends and his enemies. Today, as the President of the United States of America, I offer the Cuban people a greeting of friendship and peace.“

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Remarks by President Obama regarding Venezuela during historic speech in Cuba

During his speech in Havana, with his Cuban counterpart President Raul Castro, President Barack Obama responded to questions on various issues of bilateral and regional interest. Of Venezuela, he said, “I believe that the whole region has an interest in a country that is addressing its economic challenges, is responsive to the aspirations of its …

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Remarks from Susan Rice on Venezuela

In a speech at the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center in Washington, DC on March 17, US National Security Adviser Susan Rice spoke at great length about the United States relationship with partner countries in the Americas, our hopes for the future and how to meet the challenges ahead. About our relationship with Venezuela, she …

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International Women’s Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and we applaud the …

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Letter from President Obama: Continuation of the National Emergency with Respect to Venezuela

Section 202(d) of the National Emergencies Act (50 U.S.C. 1622(d)) provides for the automatic termination of a national emergency unless, within 90 days prior to the anniversary date of its declaration, the President publishes in the FederalRegister and transmits to the Congress a notice stating that the emergency is to continue in effect beyond the anniversary date.  …

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Venezuela: Inclusion of All Parties a Key to Solving Challenges

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC The United States remains concerned about actions taken by the Venezuelan administration to silence its opponents, which have led to a climate of intimidation and repression. Dozens of leaders from Venezuelan society have been imprisoned for their political beliefs. These include: Leopoldo Lopez, who will …

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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative Michael J. Fitzpatrick Marking Human Rights Day

So, too, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra’ad Al Hussein.  In his November 12 address to the UN Human Rights Council, he raised serious concerns about the independence of the judiciary in Venezuela, the impartiality of judges and prosecutors, and the pressures they face in handling cases of political prisoners. He reiterated …

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International Human Rights Day 2015

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms address, which inspired the Universal Declaration, and which the United Nations …

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Venezuelan Legislative Elections

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson STATEMENT BY SECRETARY KERRY The United States congratulates the people of Venezuela for making their voices heard in a peaceful and democratic way on Election Day. We urge Venezuelan electoral authorities to continue to tabulate and publish voting results in a timely and transparent fashion. Venezuelan voters …

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Condemn Killing of Opposition Member in Venezuela

John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC We condemn the attack and killing of Luis Manuel Diaz at a political rally November 25 in Altagracia de Orituco, Venezuela. This was the deadliest of several recent attacks and acts of intimidation aimed at opposition candidates. We call on the Government of Venezuela to protect all political candidates …

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Engel statement on OAS efforts to ensure free and fair legislative elections in Venezuela

WASHINGTON, DC—Representative Eliot L. Engel, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, today released the following statement praising Organization of American States (OAS) Secretary General Luis Almagro for his recent letter to the head of Venezuela’s National Electoral Council Tibisay Lucena urging her to level the playing field to make the country’s …

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Statement by the U.S. Delegation to the HRC on the Venezuelan President’s Address

The Venezuelan president’s address today was a transparent attempt to use the UN Human Rights Council to shift attention away from his government’s own actions to restrict fundamental freedoms of peaceful assembly, association, and expression, particularly just before important national elections.  This is an affront to a Council whose sole purpose is to protect and …

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Chief of Mission of the US Embassy Visits Barquisimeto

Lee McClenny, Head of Mission of the Embassy of the United States visited the State of Lara to strengthen ties with leaders of political, business, academic and sporting sectors, as well as community and cultural leaders of the state to further strengthen the existing bilateral relations between the United States and Venezuela, especially in this …

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Colombia-Venezuela Border Dispute

Press Statement John Kirby Department Spokesperson Washington, DC August 29, 2015 The Department of State notes its continuing concern about the situation along the border between Venezuela and Colombia. The Department supports efforts by Colombia and Venezuela to resolve the dispute diplomatically, and welcomes initiatives to address the situation in appropriate multilateral fora. We stand …

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OneBeat 2015: Groundbreaking Cultural Exchange Program Returns

Groundbreaking Cultural Exchange Program Returns for 4th Annual Residency and Tour, Promotes Global Collaboration, New West Coast Partners “A United Nations of Music … world music in its truest sense.”-The New York Times The same producers who invited such accomplished musical storytellers as Just a Band’s Blinky Bill Sellanga; Russian beatbox and YouTube sensation Mitya …

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Facts about Puerto Rico

Q: Are persons born in Puerto Rico U.S. citizens? A: Yes, all persons born in Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens.  In 1917, the U.S. Congress passed the Jones Act which extended U.S. citizenship to persons born on the island. Q: Is Puerto Rico a U.S. State? A: Puerto Rico has been a Commonwealth of the United …

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Winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce the winners of the 2014 Human Rights Awards: Michael Honigstein and Michael Ervin are the recipients of the Human Rights and Democracy Achievement Award; and Azimjon Askarov of Kyrgyzstan and Foro Penal, a Venezuelan non-governmental organization, are the recipients of the Human Rights Defender Award. The …

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Venezuela’s Independence Day

Press Statement John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send my best wishes to the people of Venezuela as you celebrate 204 years of independence on July 5. Today we reflect on the strong ties of friendship, family, culture, sport, and commerce that …

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Re-establishment of diplomatic relations with Cuba

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat. More than 54 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the United States closed its embassy in Havana.  Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective …

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LGBT Pride Month

President Obama has proclaimed June 2015 to be LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered) Pride month.  We, the U.S. Embassy community, are committed to advancing human rights for all, including LGBT individuals. Fostering of a culture of inclusion, respect, and dignity by working to promote acceptance of LBGT people around the world is a top …

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Comments on Deteriorating Health of Political Prisoners in Venezuela

Marie Harf State Department Senior Advisor for Strategic Communications Washington, DC We are deeply troubled by reports that Mayor Daniel Ceballos’ health is deteriorating.  We remain concerned for the well-being of Daniel Ceballos, Leopoldo Lopez, and the other political prisoners currently in detention in Venezuela.  We call upon the government to ensure their welfare. We join the international …

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Commemorating World Press Freedom Day

Statement by Secretary Kerry On May 3rd, we honored journalists who defend democratic ideals through their commitment to discovering and telling the truth. In doing so, we also paid tribute journalism itself, a profession to that is essential to good governance and the functioning of democracy. This is a critically important time to acknowledge the …

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FACT SHEET: U.S.-CARICOM Summit – Deepening Energy Cooperation

Today, President Obama met with Caribbean leaders in a U.S.-CARICOM Summit in Kingston, Jamaica.  President Obama reaffirmed the importance of our relationship with the region, and the United States’ commitment to partner with Caribbean countries to advance economic development, security, and good governance.  Leaders discussed a broad range of issues, from our important trade and …

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Remarks by Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS, to Receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela

Remarks by Michael J. Fitzpatrick, Interim U.S. Permanent Representative to the Organization of American States, at the Special Meeting of the Permanent Council to Receive the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela, March 19, 2015 Thank you Madam Chair, good morning to one and all, esteemed ministers, Secretary General, permanent representatives and delegates, This session …

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Venezuelan Government Detains Key Opposition Figure

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 20, 2015 The United States condemns the detention of Caracas Metropolitan Mayor Antonio Ledezma by Venezuelan security forces, as well as the systematic intimidation of other leading opposition figures. These actions appear to be a clear attempt by the Venezuelan government to divert attention from the …

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Response to Venezuelan Government Accusations about U.S. Involvement in a Coup

Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC February 19, 2015 The allegations made by the Venezuelan government that the United States is involved in coup plotting and destabilization are baseless and false. The United States does not support political transitions by non-constitutional means. Consistent with the principles enshrined in the Inter-American Democratic Charter, the …

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Refusing accusations against Vice-president Biden

Extract from the Daily Press Briefing on February 2, 2015 Jen Psaki Spokesperson Daily Press Briefing Washington, DC QUESTION: Venezuela. MS. PSAKI: Venezuela, mm-hmm. QUESTION: Yesterday, President Maduro said on national television that the United States is plotting to overthrow him; mentioned specifically a meeting with Vice President Biden last week with different prime ministers and heads of …

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An Exciting Night with Magallanes

As part of the Embassy’s baseball diplomacy outreach, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny attended a very close game between the Navegantes del Magallanes and the Caribes de Anzoategui. During his visit, he met Venezuelan baseball stars, their trainers and managers, and enjoyed discussing the U.S. and Venezuelan shared passion for baseball with several media …

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Visiting Baseball Legends

Fulfilling his promise to return to the Baseball Museum after an initial visit in September of this year, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny returned for a second visit to see the museum’s fully renovated Hall of Fame and marvel at the collection of baseball legends in the newly-remodeled space. During his visit, Mr. McClenny …

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3.5 Million Insects: U.S. Chief of Mission visits MIZA

During a recent trip to Maracay, U.S. Chief of Mission Lee McClenny got a glimpse of the incredible collection of 3.5 million insects currently on display at the Francisco Fernández Yépez Museum of the Agricultural Zoological Institute (MIZA). Mr. McClenny was impressed with MIZA’s dedication to tropical biodiversity and its ongoing commitment to sustainable ecology …

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