The United States Delivers Additional Humanitarian Assistance in Cucuta, Colombia for the People of Venezuela

Three U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster IIIs transported humanitarian aid cargo to Cúcuta, for distribution in Venezuela.
Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson, U.S. Department of State | 19 February 2019

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One of three U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft delivers humanitarian aid from Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida to Cúcuta, Colombia, February 16, 2019. The role of the U.S. military during this peaceful mission is to transport urgently needed aid to Colombia for distribution to Venezuelans impacted by the rapidly deteriorating crisis in their country. (Photo: Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook, U.S. Air Force)

The United States is responding to Interim President Juan Guaido’s request to help meet the urgent needs of the people of Venezuela. On February 16, the U.S. Department of State, USAID, and the U.S. Department of Defense, in a cooperative effort, delivered aid ready for distribution within Venezuela to Cucuta, Colombia.

This whole-of-government response is a demonstration of the U.S. commitment to the Venezuelan people.

Three C-17 Globemaster III aircraft transported humanitarian aid cargo to Cúcuta, Colombia, February 16, 2019 for distribution in Venezuela. The humanitarian mission underscores the United States’ firm commitment and readiness to respond to the man-made political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. (Photo: Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook, U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Department of State and USAID officials joined the flight of humanitarian assistance that departed Miami on February 16. In Cúcuta, USAID, U.S. Department of State, Colombian officials, and representatives of Venezuelan Interim President Guaido welcomed the supplies to augment aid already pre-positioned at Interim President Guaido’s first international humanitarian assistance center. Working in close coordination with the Government of Colombia and President Guaido’s representatives, this assistance will address the greatest needs for the most vulnerable populations in Venezuela.

This humanitarian mission underscores the United States’ firm commitment and readiness to respond to the man-made political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. This humanitarian assistance must be allowed to enter Venezuela to reach people in need.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung will represent the U.S. Department of State.

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