Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

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January 21, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

Canada has taken a leadership role in addressing the crisis in Venezuela and continues to work for the return of democracy for the people of Venezuela.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that she will attend the fourth ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Santiago, Chile, on January 23, 2018.

Since the last meeting of the Lima Group this past October, Venezuela’s economic situation has continued to deteriorate, and the suffering of the Venezuelan people has intensified. To achieve a lasting solution to this situation, it is crucial that the international community stand in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and oppose the Maduro regime’s continued dictatorial measures. 

Canada remains committed to supporting the Venezuelan people as they struggle to restore their democracy, stand up for their human rights and bring an end to the worsening humanitarian crisis. 


“Canada is committed to the peaceful return to democracy in Venezuela. The Maduro regime is systematically violating the human rights and fundamental freedoms of its people. As members of the Lima Group, and as Canadians, we must do everything we can to restore constitutional order and relieve the unacceptable suffering of the Venezuelan people.”

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

Quick Facts

  • The Lima Group was established on August 8, 2017, to coordinate participating countries’ efforts and apply international pressure on Venezuela. Meetings of the group have been regularly attended by Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Saint Lucia.

  • Canada hosted the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Toronto, Ontario, on October 26, 2017. The group discussed options to broaden cooperation with other international partners, maintain pressure on the Maduro regime and translate the group’s unwavering support for the Venezuelan people into further concrete actions. For Canada, this has involved two rounds of sanctions imposed on the Maduro regime.

  • The Lima Group has committed to closely monitor events in Venezuela and apply pressure on Venezuela’s government until the full restoration of democracy in the country is achieved.

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