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Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and Allies Banned from Traveling to Haiti

Maxime

Politics

The Jovenel Moïse administration on Wednesday followed suit with 14 other countries led by the United States in banning Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro as well as 29 members of his government from traveling to their countries.

The meeting took place on Tuesday in Colombia and included representatives from the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Peru, all signatories of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (TIAR), an accord that promises mutual defence among members of the Organization of American States (OAS).

The group in September approved the identification, sanctioning and extradition of leading members of Venezuela's government who it said were linked with activities related to money laundering, drug trafficking and terrorism.

The list of people banned from travelling to the 15 countries included top Maduro allies such as Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza, Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Diosdado Cabello, number two in the ruling Socialist Party (PSUV).

Maduro dismissed the move and called it a strategy to divert attention from other issues, including in Colombia under President Ivan Duque.