Australia joins USA and Canada in backing Venezuala’s Guaido

Australia joins USA and Canada in backing Venezuala’s Guaido

Australia joins USA and Canada in backing Venezuala’s Guaido

Venezuela's competing leaders - Guaido heads the National Assembly while Maduro succeeded the late President Hugo Chavez in 2013 - are vying for support in the streets and the military.

The US official, in turn, "reaffirmed the United States' strong support for interim President Guaido's leadership of Venezuela", the State Department said.

Maduro also said he was open to dialogue, and that a meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump, while improbable, was not impossible.

She supplements her income working as an astrologer, and although the stars have been telling her Venezuelans are on the road to ridding themselves of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, she doesn't expect him to go quickly or quietly.

On Saturday, Pompeo had called on the UN Security Council to recognize Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of the country.

Russian Federation and China both opposed the US call to support Guaido, and condemned any global interference in the affairs of Venezuela.

Russian Federation said that it recognized only Maduro as the legitimately elected president of Venezuela and also voiced readiness to mediate dialogue between the government and the opposition.

Guaido, who took the helm of the National Assembly on January 5, proclaimed himself interim president on Wednesday.

Greece's ruling party Syriza has publicly backed Maduro, with party secretary Panos Skourletis voicing "full support and solidarity" to what to he called "the legal president".

"We're advancing well, Venezuela", Mr Guaido said in his broadcast, streamed live on the internet.

Guaido has aimed his appeals at the Venezuelan military, with promises of amnesty and mass protests to dramatize the depth of popular opposition to Maduro who has presided over a virtual collapse of the economy and a worsening humanitarian crisis. China has provided more than $62 billion, mostly in loans, to Venezuela since 2007 and it's paid back in crude. He accused Maduro of usurping power and promised to create a transitional government. The former union leader cruised to victory after blocking main opposition candidates from running. "Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you're in league with Maduro and his mayhem", Pompeo told the UN Security Council on Saturday during an emergency session called for by the U.S.

The first major military officer to publicly switch his support to Guaido was Venezuela's military attache in Washington, Army Colonel Jose Luis Silva.

Maduro noted the diplomatic staff of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas had left his country, however, the both sides agreed to continue negotiations for the protection of officials in the two countries.

But the history of USA military involvement in Latin America, along with reports that the administration met a year ago with Venezuelan officers who wanted to plot a coup before rebuffing them, has raised questions about whether the White House would direct a military intervention again.

The crisis has erupted after Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a disputed election victory past year.

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza rejected the ultimatum.

Washington urged the world on Saturday to "pick a side" on Venezuela and financially disconnect from Maduro's government.

Cuba's U.N. Ambassador Anayansi Rodriguez went further, rejecting "the deliberate" and "fake news" cast on the country not only by Pompeo but by Elliot Abrams, the new chief of USA policy on Venezuela who sat in the council after the secretary of state left. That set the stage for a showdown at the hilltop U.S. Embassy compound Saturday night, when the deadline was to expire.

Pompeo later told reporters who asked for a response, "I am not going to speculate or hypothesize on what the USA will do next".

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