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Published 29 January 2018

Tillerson will stay two days in Argentina and then head to Colombia, Mexico and Peru, with a stop in Jamaica, until Feb. 7.

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will arrive Saturday in Argentina's capital, where he will participate in a regional meeting in the afternoon about the situation in Venezuela.

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Representatives from Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia will be present, according to local media.

“We want to maintain pressure on the corrupted regime of Venezuela,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Friday, condemning the snap presidential elections called by President Nicolas Maduro before April 30.

“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will travel to Austin, Texas, and then to Mexico City, Mexico;  Bariloche and Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Bogotá, Colombia; and Kingston, Jamaica on February 1-7,” added the statement.

The announcement came as delegations representing the Venezuelan government and the country's opposition have traveled once again to the Dominican Republic to finalize agreements in favor of national dialogue.

The talks are aimed at guaranteeing peace and stability in the country ahead of upcoming presidential elections. They are also intended to put an end to violence in the South American country in light of anti-government protests that rocked the nation last year.

Government and opposition representatives are joined by international participants who will mediate dialogue between both parties.

Upon his arrival to the Dominican Republic, chief government negotiator Jorge Rodriguez indicated that "we will not tolerate any interference from foreign countries."

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