Canada’s leader pledges aid for Venezuelans

Canada’s leader pledges aid for Venezuelans

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

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MADRID, Spain (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will give CAN$53 million in humanitarian aid for Venezuelans who he says are living under a “dictatorship willing to use force and fear” to maintain its power.

He said the money will go to “trusted partners in neighbouring countries to help them support Venezuela and Venezuelans”.

The announcement came during a meeting in Ottawa of the Lima Group that includes countries from the Americas that oppose socialist President Nicolas Maduro and recognise Opposition Leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate interim leader.

Canadian officials say Venezuela will need substantive international support because the economic and social reconstruction effort in the country will be monumental.

Two dozen foreign affairs ministers, ambassadors and other officials from the Americas and Europe were taking part.

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