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Kerry meets Venezuelan president amid escalating tensions

Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he is "deeply concerned" about escalating political tensions in Venezuela as he held his first official meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro.

The two met in Cartagena, Colombia, following the signing of Colombia's historic peace agreement between the Colombian government and rebels with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

"We're very, very concerned for the people of Venezuela, for the level of conflict, starvation, lack of medicine," Kerry told reporters ahead of the meeting. "The humanitarian situation is of enormous concern."

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