USAID Administrator Mark Green's Remarks After Meeting with Venezuelan Ambassador to the U.S. Carlos Vecchio, Venezuelan Lawmakers, and Human Rights Activists

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For Immediate Release

Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Office of Press Relations
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September 24, 2019
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ADMINISTRATOR GREEN: Thanks to all of you for coming. We've just had a wonderful conversation; Ambassador Vecchio, myself, and the rest of the delegation. I've been impressed with their leadership since we first met back in January. In the meeting today, I was able to give them the great news that I'm announcing $52 million in new funding from USAID to support the interim government and the people of Venezuela as they seek to restore citizen responsive, democratic governance and repair the provision of health services in their country. USAID, and the Trump Administration more largely, fully support the interim government of Juan Guaidó to democratically elected National Assembly and the Venezuelan people as they work to end the illegitimate Maduro regime. The people of Venezuela have suffered enough in these long years and it is time for the country to enjoy peace and prosperity under a democratically elected government.

We are ready to help the Venezuelans recover their country, their freedom, and their dignity. Venezuelans are a great people and they have a bright future and we look forward to walking with them as they claim that future.