Mike Pence meets Venezuelan opposition ahead of summit

Mike Pence meets Venezuelan opposition ahead of summit

In the end, the statement was signed by 16 nations, fewer than half of the 35 countries that are members of the Organization of American States (OAS).

Pence later met with Caribbean leaders before departing Lima to return to Washington.

The two did not discuss the funding of a border wall planned by Trump, which he wants Mexico to pay for.

As Pence met with Trudeau, he struck an optimistic tone on the possibility of an agreement an on updated NAFTA.

Pence stated they needed a difference of comment and a number of issues had been "set aside, for a subsequent date".

Trudeau spoke at a meeting of hemispheric CEOs on Friday and celebrated the fact that several countries in the hemisphere have shared his government's vision that free trade agreements unlock tangible benefits and middle-class jobs.

Later on, speaking in a cavernous hall of world leaders at the Summit of the Americas, " Pence expressed gratitude to Canada, Colombia as well as other states that experienced voiced support to its attack and also urged "every nation in this quadrant of liberty" to support that the military actions.

The move came shortly before President Donald Trump is expected to address the USA on Friday night amid anticipation of a retaliatory strike for an apparent Syrian chemical weapon attack last weekend that killed more than 40 people.

The billionaire Pinera served as Chile's president from 2010 to 2014 and returned to office in recent weeks.

Pence's talks with Pena Nieto focused on renegotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Mexico and Canada.

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Pence told reporters after meeting with the leaders of both countries at a summit in Lima, Peru, on Saturday that he'll leave the summit "very hopeful that we are very close" to a deal that will be better for the U.S.

Under former U.S. President Barack Obama, the TPP had been pitched as a way to secure an edge over China in a fast-growing region that includes large swaths of Latin America.

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross earlier denied that his country was adopting protectionist policies.

Seated alongside Trudeau, Pence said there was a "real possibility" the US could reach a deal with Canada and Mexico on NAFTA "within the next several weeks". Left unsaid was whether Pence's overtures might eventually lead to a joint Trump-Pena Nieto meeting, their first.

"I think President Pena Nieto understands that he and President Trump have a difference of opinion on that", Pence said.

Pence also announced on Saturday that the United States is seeking to host the next Summit of the Americas.

The deal was meant to create a sweeping trade bloc and help counterbalance China's economic influence.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro has described this year's controversial VIII Summit of the Americas as a "complete failure" during a speech at a rally in Caracas. Vizcarra himself only recently took power after former President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resign following revelations he'd failed to disclose payments to his private consulting company from Odebrecht, the Brazilian construction giant at the center of Latin America's biggest graft scandal.

Following last week's apparent chemical attack in the Syrian city of Douma, President Donald Trump canceled a planned visit to South America to oversee the USA response.