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The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araújo, convened a meeting today with the main Venezuelan democratic political forces. Representatives from the Lima Group of countries and the United States also attended part of the meeting.

Foreign Minister Araújo also had a separate meeting with the president and other magistrates of Venezuela’s Supreme Court of Justice, and the Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The purpose of the meeting was to assess the situation in Venezuela stemming from the illegitimacy of Nicolás Maduro's presidency and following the announcement by the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, that he is ready to assume as Venezuela’s interim President under the Venezuelan Constitution. The meeting also had the aim of discussing ideas for a concrete action to restore democracy in Venezuela.

Under the leadership of President Bolsonaro, Brazil’s key role in promoting change in the Venezuelan scenario has been recognized by all Venezuelan leaders. For the first time in many years, the hope of democracy rises again.

According to Venezuelan leaders, today 300,000 people in Venezuela are at risk of starvation. More than 11,000 newborns die every year from lack of primary postnatal care. There is a shortage of 85 percent of medicines. Venezuelan leaders emphasized that this is a silent genocide, perpetrated by Maduro's dictatorship against its own people.

The system headed by Nicolás Maduro is an organized crime mechanism. It is based on widespread corruption, drug trafficking, trafficking in persons, money laundering and terrorism.

Brazil will do everything it can to help the Venezuelan people to live again in freedom and to overcome the humanitarian catastrophe that they today struggle with.

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