U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
January 1, 2019
The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:
Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo met today with Peruvian Foreign Minister Néstor Popolizio Bardalesin Brasilia, Brazil. The two leaders discussed ongoing U.S.-Peru cooperation on counternarcotics and the importance of implementing a comprehensive approach to counternarcotics efforts. Secretary Pompeo thanked Foreign Minister Popolizio for his leadership in tackling corruption and promoting transparency and good governance for investment in the region. He also applauded Peru’s efforts in accommodating more than 600,000 Venezuelan refugees and migrants who have fled the worsening economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Popolizio discussed the need to increase pressure on the Maduro regime to return democracy and prosperity to the Venezuelan people.