ASUNCION – Paraguayan Foreign Minister Luis Alberto Castiglioni told the media this Saturday that his country’s intention is to continue with its policy of completely isolating the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro in order to force him out of power.
“Our intention is to continue with the work of isolating that regime so completely that it doesn’t have a bit of oxygen left,” the foreign minister said after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, on a visit to Paraguay, departed from Government Palace in Asuncion.
The Paraguayan minister slammed the Maduro regime and said the Venezuelan head of state is taking advantage of the “little oxygen” that remains in the country “to consolidate his position of repression” and “make people suffer.”
Castiglioni also shared some topics discussed during his private meeting with Pompeo, in which they agreed to keep influencing other countries to join the crusade against Maduro and make his isolation even greater.
“He won’t be able to hang on much longer and will inevitably fall. That regime will have to fall because it will be impossible to for it to keep going,” he predicted with regard to the diplomatic pressure and economic sanctions imposed by some countries on Venezuela.
Asked about a possible military intervention in the Caribbean country, Castiglioni denied it would ever happen and said that such a possibility was not discussed in his talks with his US counterpart.
“At no time did he (Pompeo) talk to us about intervention. At no time did he mention intervention in Venezuela. What he said was that Paraguay, as it has been a leader in the region up to now, should continue in its leadership role so that more countries join the movement,” he said.
Pompeo met on Saturday with Castiglioni and with Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez during one of the stops on his trip to Latin America, which took him to Chile on Friday and will continue this Saturday in Peru, with a final stop Sunday in the Colombian city of Cucuta on the border with Venezuela.
Though the US secretary of state is dealing with bilateral matters with the countries he visits, the main reason for this tour is to seek support in the region on the Venezuelan crisis.