The Secretary of State of the United States, Mike Pompeo, will make a brief visit to Cúcuta, on the border with Venezuela, to see "in situ" and in the company of the Colombian president, Iván Duque, the situation of thousands of people fleeing of the crisis in the oil country.
In Cúcuta, capital of the department of Norte de Santander, where he will be received by Duque, Pompeo will visit a shelter that welcomes Venezuelan immigrants, travel the Simón Bolívar international bridge and visit the warehouses that store humanitarian aid for Venezuela on the Colombian side of the bridge. Tienditas
In Tienditas, a bridge that connects the metropolitan area of Cúcuta with the Venezuelan town of Ureña, in the state of Táchira, Pompeo will have a meeting with Duque and later give a statement to the press.
Pompeo will arrive in Cúcuta from Peru as part of a regional tour focused on the Venezuelan crisis that began in Chile and then took him to Paraguay.
This is the second visit that the Secretary of State makes this year to Colombia after the one made on January 2 in Cartagena de Indias where he also met with Duque.
In that meeting they renewed their commitment to the fight against drug trafficking and the restoration of Venezuelan democracy, the two issues that dominate the bilateral agenda.
However, the relationship between the two countries has been shaken in recent weeks by critical comments to Duque from US President Donald Trump, for the alleged lack of results in the fight against drugs.
On March 29, Trump accused Duque of not doing "anything" to prevent drugs from reaching the US, and on Wednesday he stated that "unfortunately, the drug trade business has grown 50% since it is there. (in office) "the Colombian president.
But beyond these assessments, answered by Duque in a diplomatic tone, the visit of Secretary of State to Cúcuta will be an opportunity to reiterate the alliance of the two countries in their common objective of achieving a change of regime and the "restoration of democracy" " In Venezuela.
That position was already expressed by Pompeo in Santiago, where yesterday he congratulated the president of Chile, Sebastián Piñera, for his efforts to "isolate" the Maduro regime.
Piñera is one of Duque's allies in his regional campaign to free Venezuela from Maduro's government, which he openly calls "dictatorship", and accompanied him on February 23 in the frustrated attempt to bring humanitarian aid to Venezuela from Cucuta.
That initiative was headed by the president of the Parliament, Juan Guaidó, recognized by more than fifty countries as "interim" governor of Venezuela, and ended in violence before the blockade of the Tienditas bridge by the Bolivarian National Guard (GNB). to prevent the passage of the humanitarian caravan.