Colombian President Ivan Marquez, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera and their Paraguayan counterpart Mario Abdo Benitez are expected to meet with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed President Juan Guaido in a new attempt to deliver humanitarian aid across the border into Venezuela via the Simon Bolivar Bridge in Cucuta.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has strictly opposed the US aid delivery, blasting it as a Washington plot to disguise an intervention in the Latin American country.
Colombian Consular Staff Has Left Venezuela by Crossing Border on Foot
Colombian consular staff has left Venezuela by crossing the border on foot while being accompanied by the police, Sputnik correspondent reported.
US Vice President Mike Pence Set to Announce 'Concrete Steps' on Venezuela - Reports
US Vice President Mike Pence plans to announce "concrete steps" and "clear actions" on Venezuelan crisis during his meeting with regional leaders in Bogota, Colombia on Monday, Reuters reported citing a senior US official. The official also told the outlet that "What happened yesterday is not going to deter us from getting humanitarian aid into Venezuela".
Venezuelan Forces Conduct Operation on Border With Colombia
The TV Venezuela broadcaster published footage of armoured vehicles of the National Guard driving through the streets of the city of Urena, which is located on the border with Colombia. According to the media, shooting is heard in the area and tear gas grenades were used in the operation.
This is the Santander bridge from Colombia to Ureña, Venezuela. The charred remains of burnt trucks carrying US aid remain from yesterday. Police here say tear gas was briefly fired from Venezuela earlier today. pic.twitter.com/HWJBHEZKUZ
Venezuelan Minister of the Prison Service, Iris Varela, is now in Urena. The VPI TV channel published a video showing Varela standing on the border bridge from the Venezuelan side, surrounded by armed guards and taking photos of people on the Colombian side on her mobile phone.