BRASILIA, Brazil – US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that the administration of President Donald Trump wants to deepen cooperation with Brazil in the area of security and against authoritarian regimes, Agência Brasil reported.
Pompeo met this morning with the new Foreign Minister (MRE), Ernesto Araújo, at the Itamaraty Palace.
“We speak of our deep desire to resume democracy for the Venezuelan people,” said Pompeo.
“I have seen the peaceful transmission of power to take place yesterday. This is not the case in many countries, we are talking about Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua, which are places where people do not have the opportunity to express their views,” he said.
“We intend to work together,” added the head of US diplomacy.
Minister Araújo said there was no reason to be “afraid of any decrease in the protection of human rights” in Brazil.
“This is a remnant of the electoral campaign that survives for some reason. The commitment of the new government to the defense of human rights is absolute,” said the diplomat.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro said that Latin Americans should pay attention to the intentions of Brazil’s new president, Jair Bolsonaro, someone who would be giving his present country to the transnational interests of the United States.
“Now with the coming to power – today, January 1 – of the neo-fascist government of the far right president of Jair Bolsonaro, well, they practically deliver on a silver tray what Brazil means in South America, in Latin America, for transnational corporations,” Maduro said.
The statements were made by the Venezuelan leader during an interview offered to the Spanish journalist Ignacio Ramonet, which aired on Tuesday night by the Venezolana state television channel.
Maduro also stated that Latin America is a disputed territory, between the progressive and the extreme right, and described it as a process of “sad regression”.
In addition, he noted that in recent years there has been a “brutal” offensive against popular movements and alternative leaderships that since the 1990s “confronted and dismantled neoliberalism in Latin America.”
The Venezuelan president argued that the far-right projects that he said emerged in the region were numbered for a few days and predicted the return of governments he described as progressive but said they would return “more radical.”
The projects of the presidents Mauricio Macri of Argentina, Jair Bolsonaro of Brazil and Iván Duque of Colombia are not viable, according to the vision of the Venezuelan leader.
“The projects that the right raises are unviable, Iván Duque in Colombia is unfeasible, Jair Bolsonaro will follow the same path, right projects, Macri in Argentina is a man of renown,” he said.
On the other hand, Maduro also referred to Venezuela’s oil production and said it is one of his biggest concerns, but he is sure that “2019 will be the year of recovery in oil production.”
“We seek and defend an equilibrium price that favors producers and consumers, and we will continue to act in this way under the agreement of OPEP (Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries) and non-OPEC member producer countries,” said Palace president of Miraflores, in Caracas.
In November, the country’s crude oil production fell 4.3% to close at 1.13 million barrels per day (mb / d), which contrasts with the 2.5 mb / d produced in 2016.