Weekly Report - 25 April 2024 (WR-24-16)

CHILE-VENEZUELA: Tren de Aragua fuels tensions

Chile’s President Gabriel Boric has called for strengthened cooperation between countries in the region to fight against organised crime. Boric’s comments, during the opening of a regional security forum hosted by Chile, came just days after heightened bilateral diplomatic tensions with Venezuela whose foreign minister, Yván Gil, claimed that the Venezuelan criminal organisation Tren de Aragua was “a fiction” of the international media. This went beyond a lack of cooperation on security matters to “unacceptable denialism”, prompting Boric to withdraw Chile’s ambassador from Caracas for talks and the right-wing opposition to demand that the country sever diplomatic relations with Venezuela.

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