US Senator calls PM Browne’s visit to Venezuela ‘Troubling’


United States Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has described as “troubling,” Prime Minister Gaston Browne’s recent visit to Venezuela.

Browne was in Venezuela this week for the formal induction of Antigua and Barbuda into ALBA Bank as a new member, as well as the signing of the Financing Agreement relating to the loan of US$15.8 million for injection into LIAT, according to a government statement.

But Durbin, in a tweet on Wednesday, said it was “troubling to see Antiguan Prime Minister Browne convey legitimacy to Maduro while he arrests & tortures his opposition & millions of Venezuelans flee in hunger & desperation. When will the proud democracies of our Caribbean neighbors stop enabling Maduro’s criminal regime?”

Venezuela, a South American nation of roughly 30 million people, is gripped by a deepening political and economic crisis.

People live with a nagging feeling that anything from violent street protests to a massive power failure could throw their lives into chaos at any moment.

More than 4 million Venezuelans have fled the country in recent years, escaping low wages, broken hospitals, failing basic services and lack of security.

The International Monetary Fund says inflation is expected to hit a staggering 200,000 per cent this year.

Venezuela dropped five zeros from its currency last year in a futile attempt to keep up with inflation. Soaring prices quickly devoured the new denominations.

Venezuela, which sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves, was once rich. But the economy has fallen into ruin because of what critics say has been two decades of corruption and mismanagement under socialist rule.

President Maduro’s hold on power is under challenge from opposition politician Juan Guaido, who has the backing of the United States and more than 50 other countries that contend Maduro’s re-election in 2018 was crooked.


  1. These hypocrites. As as far as they are concerned their enemies should automatically become ours. Perhaps someone should tell him about the assistance that Antigua and Barbuda has received from the same Maduro government especially after the destruction of hurricane Irma, when Venezuela send in a military aircraft to assist us to evacuate all Barbudans from the Island in anticipation of another storm underway. And o top of that Maduro has forgiven us debt to the tune of US$200million. And our less fortunate and disabled are enjoying every month the fruit of the favorite payment arrangement from the oil delivery. 50% cash and 50 payable over 25 years at 2% interest only. Not once has the USA given us such assistance. But we are spending almost all of our money buying American goods and services. Venezuela’s government and people whether present and past and future will always be our friends and we do not interfere in their domestic issues. That is for them to solve. Barbodos and Norway have try to mediate but Washington was hell bend to ensure that negotiations did not work. It must be their way or the highway

  2. I also wonder what the Senator had to say about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi by the Saudi Administration. Where it is allege the crown Prince had full knowledge of. I never heard him calling on his President and others of the Cabinet not to visit Saudi Arabia. Or do any dealings with the Royal Family. And this apart from other human rights abuses that are so normal down there.

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