Colombia rejects foreign military intervention in Venezuela

Colombia’s foreign ministry on Saturday distanced itself from its long-time ally, the United States, after US President Donald Trump threatened to use military force against Venezuela.

Colombia’s neighbor to the east has come under international criticism over increasingly violent repression of opposition to the country’s government, which recently took control over all branches of the state.

On Friday, Trump surprisingly mentioned the possibility of military intervention to solve the crisis, saying his country has “many options for Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary.”

This, however, was quickly rejected by the same Latin American countries that have refused to recognize a recent vote that effectively sidelined Venezuela’s opposition-led national assembly and consolidated the power of president Nicolas Maduro.

We reject military measures and the use of force in the…