Secretary Kerry's Meeting With Venezuelan Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
June 14, 2016

The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner:

Secretary Kerry met with his Venezuelan counterpart Foreign Minister Delcy Rodriguez in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, today on the margins of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States. The two had a constructive discussion about the current political, economic, and humanitarian challenges facing Venezuela. Secretary Kerry expressed U.S. support for the dialogue facilitated by former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former Dominican President Leonel Fernandez, and former Panamanian President Martin Torrijos, as an important means to bring together the government and opposition to establish common understandings that can resolve the crisis. He also underscored the importance of upholding democratic and constitutional processes. Secretary Kerry and Foreign Minister Rodriguez also agreed to continue discussions that focus on establishing a positive path forward in the bilateral relationship.