Could Colombia play peacemaker between U.S. and Venezuela?


PANAMA CITY —President Barack Obama will meet privately with Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos today to discuss peace talks with the FARC and — possibly — whether Colombia could play a role in facilitating a different set of talks between Venezuela and the United States.

President Santos has said he is willing to mediate talks between Obama and Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, but only if both presidents ask for his help, according to Colombia’s communication chief Pilar Calderón.

The U.S., however, is hinting that it prefers to go it alone.

“Our principal way of communicating with Venezuela will be direct dialogue, even as we know that there are going to be differences between our two governments on a variety of issues,” Ben Rhodes, President Obama’s deputy national security adviser, told Fusion’s chief White House correspondent Jim Avila in Panama City on Friday.

Venezuelan activist wears "Obama go home" sticker at Summit of Americas (photo/ Tim Rogers) Venezuelan activist wears “Obama go home” sticker at Summit of Americas (photo/ Tim…

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