Canada to host Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

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October 20, 2017 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada is deeply concerned by the deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and is working intensively with like-minded countries, through the Lima Group and the international community, to advocate for the restoration of democracy and the protection of human rights for the Venezuelan people.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will host the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Toronto, Ontario, on October 26, 2017.

At the meeting, Minister Freeland, along with the foreign minister of Peru, Ricardo Luna, as co-chair, will host foreign ministers of the Lima Group to explore ways in which countries of the hemisphere can seek a solution to the Venezuelan crisis. To this end, the group will discuss options to broaden cooperation with other partners, maintain pressure on the Maduro regime, and translate its unwavering support for the Venezuelan people into further concrete actions.

On the margins of the Lima Group meeting in Toronto, Minister Freeland will also hold bilateral meetings with her counterparts, as well as participate in a panel on Venezuela hosted by the Munk School of Global Affairs and the Canadian Council for the Americas. The conference will bring together international experts to discuss the political and economic crisis in Venezuela and what can be done to promote the restoration of a prosperous and democratic Venezuela.

Quotes

“Canada has taken a leadership role in addressing the crisis in Venezuela, in cooperation with other countries in the region. Together with our like-minded partners, we will continue to increase pressure on the Maduro regime. Our objective is clear: a peaceful solution to the crisis and the restoration of democracy and human rights for all Venezuelans.”

- Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick Facts

  • The first Lima Group meeting was attended by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.

  • The group was established on August 8, 2017, to coordinate the countries’ efforts and bring international pressure on Venezuela.

  • This is the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group. Signatories to the Lima declarations, in the group’s joint statements, have committed to closely monitoring events in Venezuela until the full restoration of democracy in the country is achieved.

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