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Turkey breaks with NATO allies, supports Maduro

Djibouti (HAN) February 5th, 2019. Public diplomacy and International security. In a break with NATO allies including the U.S. and Canada, Turkey has backed Nicolas Maduro as the President of Venezuela.

The Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Sunday that countries which support self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido fuel the ongoing crisis in Venezuela, Reuters reported.

The Canadian Liberal prime minister started off strong on the world stage, but has fallen out a global leadership role in the past few months, says the president of the Canadian International Council.

The Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland announced that Venezuela, under the leadership of the country’s self-declared interim president, would be joining the Lima Group as a ‘full-fledged member.’

The Canadian Council for the Americas in collaboration with the Canadian International Council – National Capital Branch and the Centre for International Policy Studies at the University of Ottawa invite you to watch our live panel discussion direct from Ottawa immediately following the conclusion of the Lima Group meeting, addressing the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.

Time: Monday, February 4, 5:30pm – 7:30pm

Click here to watch live 

Confirmed panelists include: 

Carlos Holmes Trujillo, Minister of  Foreign Affairs, Republic of Colombia
Andrew Leslie, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Liberal Party)

Erin O’Toole, Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (Conservative Party)

Hélène Laverdière, Vice-Chair, Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (New Democratic Party) 

Francisco Toro, Founder, Caracas Chronicles

Kenneth Frankel, President, Canadian Council for the Americas (Moderator)

Click here to watch live 

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January 28, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that Canada will host the 10th ministerial meeting of the Lima Group in Ottawa, Ontario on February 4, 2019.

Since August 2017, Canada has been working closely with the Lima Group, comprised of over a dozen countries from Latin America and the Caribbean, to address the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. In that time, there have been nine official meetings of the Lima Group, including a ministerial meeting hosted by Canada in Toronto in October of 2017.

The upcoming meeting will bring together the foreign ministers of the Lima Group countries as well as participants from the broader international community. They will meet to discuss support for Juan Guaidó, Venezuela’s interim president, and to explore ways in which the international community can further support the people of Venezuela.


“This crisis poses huge security, humanitarian, and economic challenges for the entire hemisphere. That is why I am today announcing that Canada will host an urgent meeting of the Lima Group of countries, in Ottawa on February 4th, to discuss what steps we can take to support interim president Juan Guaidó and the people of Venezuela.”

    – Hon. Chrystia Freeland, P.C., M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs

Quick facts

  • Over 3 million Venezuelan have been forced to flee their homes since 2015 in search of food, health care and other basic services.
  • On January 23, 2019, Canada and the Lima Group recognized Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, as interim president of Venezuela.
  • The Lima Group was established on August 8, 2017, to coordinate the countries’ efforts and bring international pressure on the illegitimate Maduro regime in Venezuela.
  • Canada hosted the third Lima Group ministerial meeting in Toronto, Ontario, on October 26, 2017.



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