Venezuela Regional Crisis Response

The U.S. is providing humanitarian assistance for people fleeing crisis in Venezuela. Photo Credit: GEORGE CASTELLANOS/AFP

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Last updated: August 23, 2019

August 20, 2019

The Ambassador of the United States, Krishna R. Urs, the Ambassador of Venezuela, Carlos Scull, and the Director of the United States Agency for International Development, Jene Thomas, served lunch to Peruvian and Venezuelan families in a soup kitchen that receive support from USAID project that seeks to reduce the vulnerability of Peruvians and Venezuelan migrants and refugees in Peru.

February 17, 2019

Today what we did was bring in a new shipment of humanitarian assistance, about 66 metric tons.  As I made clear, this was not the first, nor will it be the last, there will be other shipments coming in, other materials coming in from countries like Indonesia, they'll be coming in from a variety of sources and it really is (inaudible) what President Guaido asked of President Trump. President Guaido, who we officially recognize as interim president of Venezuela, had a specific request for emergency medical care and nutrition, and so we've been responding. We've been mobilizing assistance getting here, prepositioning here in Colombia, obviously Cucuta primarily, which is what President Guaido and his representatives have asked for.

February 16, 2019

Several weeks ago, the United States officially recognized Juan Guaidó as the Interim President of Venezuela.  At that time, he made specific requests of President Donald Trump for assistance. The following day, at USAID, we met with his representatives, and they made specific requests for assistance that they needed.  Working closely with the Government of Colombia, that is what has brought us to this day.

February 16, 2019

Thank you very much. As we just saw, the latest shipment of U.S. humanitarian aid has now arrived here on the Colombian border with Venezuela. To be very clear, this is not the first shipment, nor will it be the last shipment, not only from the United States, but we know that many other countries are joining as well.

February 16, 2019

The United States is airlifting and pre-positioning additional humanitarian commodities to provide relief to tens of thousands of Venezuelans who are suffering from severe shortages of food and medicine caused by the mismanagement of the illegitimate Maduro regime. The relief supplies include hygiene kits and nutrition products from the warehouse maintained by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Miami, Florida. U.S. military C-17 cargo planes departing from Homestead Air Reserve Base are transporting the supplies to Cúcuta, Colombia as part of the Trump Administration's whole-of-government response to the Venezuela regional crisis.

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