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More U.S. aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

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Published on February 16, 2019 - Duration: 02:05s

More U.S. aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

A U.S. military transport plane carrying humanitarian aid meant for Venezuelans landed in the Colombian border city of Cucuta on Saturday, where food and medicine are being stored amid uncertainty over how and where aid will be distributed.

Havovi Cooper reports.

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More U.S. aid for Venezuela arrives in Colombia

A U.S. air force plane carrying a second shipment of humanitarian aid for Venezuela touched down in neighboring Colombia Saturday, carrying hygiene kits and special products meant for children suffering from malnutrition.

The aid, sent mostly by the U.S. as a show of support for interim president Juan Guaido, is being blocked by President Nicolas Maduro.

An earlier shipment, which included basic foodstuffs and medical supplies, is still being stored in a warehouse in Colombia.

Even as Venezuela's political standoff shows no signs of cooling down, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton told reporters Friday that the tide is turning against Maduro.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) JOHN BOLTON, U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR, SAYING: "The military and other senior figures among Maduro's supporters are not going to tell the press that they're negotiating with the opposition but many of them, indeed a clear majority, maybe almost all of them, have been doing that for the past three weeks." And on Friday, Gauido's envoy in Washington, Carlos Vecchio, echoed this message, telling Reuters the loyal military would eventually turn against the socialist president, adding "We are in an irreversible process of change ...Time is not on Maduro's side." (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) CARLOS VECCHIO, JUAN GAUIDO'S ENVOY TO U.S., SAYING: "I think it's important to understand that this fight is Venezuelan.

It's our agenda, set by Venezuelans and what we've had is international support and what we're having is a fight between democracy and dictatorship.

Guaido and his backers regard last year's elections that Maduro won as fraudulent while Maduro has accused Guaido of staging a U.S.-directed coup attempt.

(SOUNDBITE) (English) MIKE PENCE, U.S. VICE PRESIDENT SAYING: "We call on the European Union to step forward for freedom and recognize Juan Guaido as the only legitimate president of Venezuela." But Spain's foreign minister on Saturday rejected Pence's call to unequivocally support Guaido, saying Venezuela needed to first hold free and fair elections.

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