Brian Nichols, President Joe Biden’s nominee for Undersecretary for the Hemisphere of the State Depertment, confirmed on Wednesday his support for the President in Charge of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, and the economic pressure measures against Nicolás Maduro’s dictatorship.
“I think we have a great advantage when it comes to handling the crisis in Venezuela, which is that we have a multilateral coalition working to promote democracy in the country. That is something that we must aggressively manage to push Maduro’s regime towards free and fair elections,” he declared during the confirmation hearing in the United States Senate.
“We must support the Venezuelan people, both at the political level around Interim President Juan Guaidó, as well as pushing for humanitarian assistance and ensure that the population of Venezuela can access these resources,” added the US official.
Similarly, Mr. Nichols also referred to the exchange of diesel between the two countries. “Right now, as I understand it, there is enough diesel capacity in Venezuela for at least the next six months. That is something that we must watch but if we see that there is a problem for Venezuelans we can revise this.”
However, he insisted “we must be careful and maintain economic pressure as a negotiating tool before a regime that has shown that it will use delaying tactics to prevent free and fair elections and other gestures such as the release of all political prisoners.”