Vice President Hamilton Mourao and the chancellor Ernesto Araujo travel to Bogota today to attend the meeting of the Lima Group, which will take place tomorrow (25), in the Colombian capital. The meeting, which will be attended by Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence, will discuss the escalation of the crisis in Venezuela.
The Lima Group brings together Brazil and 14 other countries in the region. Of these, 11 do not recognize Nicolas Maduro as the legitimate president of Venezuela, including Brazil.
Mourao leaves Brasilia around 2.30 pm and said that Brazil should maintain its position of granting humanitarian aid without intervening in the internal politics of the country. Already Araujo travels from Roraima, where he has been since last Friday (22) following the movement in the border with Venezuela and the delivery of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelans.
The climate is tense in the border region, two Venezuelans have died in clashes in an area near the Venezuelan border with Brazil. Still, the Brazilian government reported that two trucks with humanitarian aid were able to enter Venezuelan territory across the border in Roraima.
In a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Brazilian government condemned the episodes of violence recorded on the borders of Brazil and Colombia with Venezuela, characterizing the acts as a “brutal attack on human rights“ of the regime of President Nicolas Maduro.
“The Brazilian government expresses its most vehement condemnation of the acts of violence perpetrated by the illegitimate regime of dictator Nicolas Maduro on February 23, on the borders of Venezuela with Brazil and Colombia, which caused several fatalities and dozens of wounded, “says the statement.
In the document, Brazil Foreign Ministry calls on all countries to recognize the self-proclaimed interim Venezuelan president, Juan Guaido, as the country’s legitimate leader.