February 26, 2019 / 8:23 PM / 8 months ago

U.S. envoy hoping for Security Council vote urging Venezuela to take aid

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 26 (Reuters) - U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said on Tuesday he hopes the U.N. Security Council will vote this week on a resolution calling for Venezuela to allow the entry of humanitarian assistance into the country.

Abrams, speaking ahead of a Security Council meeting on Venezuela sought by the United States, told reporters that Washington would impose more sanctions on Caracas this week and next to bring additional pressure on the government of President Nicolas Maduro, whose legitimacy Washington has challenged.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Tim Ahmann

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