With Pompeo trip, oil boom raises focus on Guyana, Suriname

Washington (AFP) – Mike Pompeo on Thursday becomes the first US secretary of state to visit Guyana and Suriname as the discovery of oil fuels a sudden new interest in the small South American nations.The stops come at the start of a three-day tour that will also take Pompeo to Colombia and the Amazonian border areas of Brazil, part of his campaign to highlight the economic devastation in Nicolas Maduro’s Venezuela.Pompeo will meet freshly elected leaders in Guyana and Suriname, which are also being courted by China as the two nations — underdeveloped and with sharp ethnic faultlines — seek a…

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