The US will participate next Tuesday, May 26, in the International Donors Conference in solidarity with Venezuelan refugees and migrants in the middle of COVID-19, convened by the European Union and Spain, in follow-up to the International Solidarity Conference held in October 2019 in Brussels.
US Department of State has published the announcement on which statement by office spokesperson is included.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Amy Tohill-Stull will join the conference.
According to US State Department, “On May 20, the United States announced more than $200 million in additional assistance provided through the State Department, USAID, and the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), including more than $138 million in humanitarian assistance, for Venezuelans in need inside the country and in the region.”
“The United States will continue to be a catalyst for the international response to the Venezuela crisis and remains the largest single donor of assistance to Venezuelans, with a total of more than $856 million in assistance, of which nearly $611 million in humanitarian assistance, since FY 2017,” the department added in the statement.
“We commend all donors who have committed resources to this response and welcome this conference as an opportunity to call on donors to increase their efforts to help meet the critical needs of the Venezuelan people.”
US State Department is thankful to the EU, Spain, UNHCR, and IOM for hosting the conference and for their continued leadership to address the needs of the over five million refugees and migrants displaced by the crisis in Venezuela caused by the former Maduro regime.
The Conference will feature the participation of Foreign Ministers from more than 90 countries, representatives of the Multilateral Bank, the Directors General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and the Norwegian Refugee Committee, and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the Director-General of the International Organization for Migration, as co-leaders of the Regional Platform for Interagency Coordination for Refugees and Migrants.