UPDATED 7:41 AM PT — Tues. June 5, 2018
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is meeting his Brazilian counterpart at a time when tensions are high in South America. Monday’s meeting comes as political conflicts plague the continent.
Nicaragua is facing violent demonstrations as protesters demand the country’s leader — President Daniel Ortega — to resign.
Colombia is also facing political turmoil as the country faces its second round of presidential elections in two weeks, while Venezuela’s economic and humanitarian crises have resulted in refugees pouring into neighboring countries.
Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence is also set to visit Brazil as he embarks on a tour of Latin America later this month.
The vice president aims to enhance economic and security ties with the country as well as with Ecuador, and hopes to tackle the international consequences of the economic crisis in Venezuela.
He is also expected to coordinate joint efforts of Latin American countries to help Venezuela restore its democracy and economy.
The dates of the vice president’s tour have yet to be announced.