'Caracas and the Red Cross have agreed to allow UN-sponsored humanitarian aid shipments into Venezuela, which has been grappling with shortages of medicine and basic supplies amid a severe economic crisis.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday that his government has been ironing out the details of a formal agreement with the International Committee of the Red Cross on how the aid will be distributed across Venezuela. The announcement was made after Maduro met with the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Peter Maurer, in Caracas.
Maurer sat down with Maduro on Tuesday evening as he wrapped up his five-day tour of the Latin American country, which reportedly saw the Red Cross officials gain unprecedented access to its most secretive facilities, including military-run prisons.
In the wake of what Maduro described as "an extraordinary meeting" with the Red Cross chief, he said that the agreement has been reached to "work together with the organizations of the United Nations, the UN, to bring Venezuela all the support, all the humanitarian aid that can be brought."
He stressed that it was important that the humanitarian supplies come into Venezuela with no political strings attached but with "respect to the sovereignty" of the country and "without politicization of any kind or misrepresentation."
The issue of aid shipments to Venezuela has been heavily politicized by the US-backed opposition led by Juan Guaido, recognized by many Western countries as the "interim president" of Venezuela.'
Read more: Maduro reaches agreement with Red Cross on aid deliveries after 'extraordinary' meeting
Did you like this article?
Thank you for your vote!
3 April 2019
‘Economic terrorism’: US blocking humanitarian aid to flood victims, Iran’s Foreign Ministry says
12 February 2019
A bridge too far: US claims Venezuela blocked aid deliveries... at a crossing that was never open
From our advertisers
23 January 2020
Prince Charles calls for green TAXES as he meets Greta Thunberg in Davos (after flying in on a private jet) and pitches radical new world economy to tackle climate change - a day after Donald Trump rejected 'prophets of doom'
From our advertisers