By Steve Dellar   |  09-19-2018   News
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The drumbeat of war is sounding ever harder now that the US Ambassador in Colombia Mr Kevin Whitaker confirmed that Colombian President Ivan Duque had recently spoken with US Defense Secretary James Mattis about the possibility of Venezuelan attacks as the situation between the two South American countries deteriorates.

Mr Whitaker stated: “US Secretary of Defense James Mattis and President Duque talked recently. They discussed the issue. What I’m going to say as a product of that meeting is that Colombia can count on us.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">U.S. ambassador to Colombia says Secretary Mattis and President Duque discussed U.S. support for Colombia in the event of “military aggression” by the part of the Venezuelan government <a href="https://t.co/BlKBsskIz0">https://t.co/BlKBsskIz0</a></p>&mdash; Geoff Ramsey (@GRamsey_LatAm) <a href="https://twitter.com/GRamsey_LatAm/status/1041667851822739457?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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It comes as the relationship between the two South American nations is deteriorating. The Venezuelan economic crisis and resulting immigration issue (millions of Venezuelans have fled to Colombia and Brazil, resulting in major violence in some of the border cities) is squarely blamed on the regime of President Maduro.

Many onlookers continue to believe that if a political earthquake would indeed take place in Brazil next month and the rightwing Mr Jair Bolsonaro be elected, the possibility of a US-Colombia (and Brazil?) led invasion of Venezuela in order to end the humanitarian crisis would heighten greatly.

Related coverage: <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/37138-Colombia-OAS-Considers-Military-Intervention-In-Venezuela"> Colombia – OAS Considers Military Intervention In Venezuela</a>.

The fleeing of millions of Venezuelans to other countries in Latin America is nothing short of a “humanitarian catastrophe” according to the United Nations.

For this reason, US Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Duque talked over the weekend and, according to the White House, agreed to further increase pressure on Venezuela’s authoritarian President Nicolas Maduro.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="es" dir="ltr">BREAKING NEWS.<br><br>Embajador de EE.UU. en Colombia: &quot;El presidente Duque y el Secretario de Defensa James Mattis conversaron sobre la posibilidad de una agresión militar venezolana a Colombia. De llegar a ocurrir, Colombia puede contar con los Estados Unidos&quot;.</p>&mdash; Trump VZLA (@Trump_VZLA) <a href="https://twitter.com/Trump_VZLA/status/1041824952230526976?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">September 17, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Meanwhile, Venezuela's chief prosecutor, Mr Tarek William Saab, said: "In Colombia, they are planning to revive eras that had ended in human history, like military bombing, a military invasion or the occupation, through blood and gunfire, of a peaceful country like Venezuela.”

"We will not allow it."

Earlier this year Bolivian President Evo Morales, a staunch Caracas had warned Colombia: "Any imperialist military threat against our sister Venezuela, and our region, will be undone by the dignity, sovereignty and unity of our democratic countries."

Source: https://www.eltiempo.com/politica/gobierno/kevin-whitaker-embajador-de-ee-uu-en-colombia-en-entrevista-con-maria-isabel-rueda-269238

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