Pompeo lays out framework for Venezuelan vote, end of sanctions
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a transitional government in Venezuela that would pave the way for democratic elections within six to 12 months and the eventual removal of all U.S. sanctions if conditions are met.
At a State Department press briefing on Tuesday (March 31st), Pompeo called for a transitional government in Venezuela made up of members of President Maduro's Socialist Party and the opposition.
He called on Maduro to take the offer and leave office, while offering U.S. support for opposition leader Juan Guaido, whom Pompeo described as "the rightful president of the Venezuelan people." In return for free and fair elections, the U.S. is prepared to lift all sanctions, including on oil.
After the conclusion of 2+2 dialogue between India and US in New Delhi, the Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, said the India-US relations go beyond political parties and that the bilateral cooperation between New Delhi and Washington DC will remain important irrespective of the outcome of the upcoming presidential elections. "It's incredibly important for Secretary Pompeo and Secretary Esper to go to India, and have this 2+2 (dialogue). Our relationship between the United States and India has been around for very long time and will be around for decades and much longer in the future. The relationship goes beyond political parties...We believe that the values that bind us together will be important for whoever wins this presidential election," Ortagus told ANI on October 28.
India has really emerged on the world stage and has become an important global player, said Spokesperson for US State Department, Morgan Ortagus, adding that US needs India to face the emerging global challenges including China. "We welcome the fact that India is now such an important global player. There are many global challenges that the US faces, we cannot face them alone. We need India, we need the partnership," Ortagus told ANI on October 28 after the successful conclusion of the third 2+2 dialogue between the two countries in New Delhi.
The United States has reiterated its call urging China to allow scientists and doctors to investigate the origins of COVID-19, the pandemic which emerged from China. "There are global challenges in Asia where CCP broke their promises... COVID, that we are all dealing with, emanated from China. We continue to call on them to be transparent and open to allow scientists and doctors to investigate," said Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson, US State Department.