Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan will lead the U.S. delegation to the 30th Meeting of Consultation of Ministers of Foreign Affairs, which serves as the Organ of Consultation in Application of the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance (also known as the Rio Treaty) on September 23 in New York, NY. This meeting, on the margins of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, will discuss regional next steps on the worsening crisis in Venezuela, which continues to pose a clear threat to peace and security in the Western Hemisphere. The OAS last convened the Rio Treaty group to discuss collective action following the attacks of September 11, 2001.
The U.S. delegation also includes Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams, U.S. Permanent Representative to the OAS Ambassador Carlos Trujillo, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Julie Chung, and Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs Carrie Filipetti.