Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

USA warns against any threat to diplomats in Venezuela

USA warns against any threat to diplomats in Venezuela

Silva told Reuters in Washington that one consular official in Houston and one in another US city also recognized Guaido, but that he was the only diplomat in Washington he knew of who had taken the step.

The diplomatic friction and defection was triggered by USA recognition of opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Maduro's assertion was based on reports that Vice President Mike Pence had promised to support Guaidó only days before the opposition leader declared himself to be in charge of the country.

Maduro himself came to Turkey previous year after Erdogan's victory in the national and presidential elections, hailing the Turkish president as a "friend" of Caracas.

Venezuela's military attache to Washington broke ranks with Nicolas Maduro on Saturday, urging his "brothers in the military" to back the head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido as interim president, he told AFP. "I announce today that we recognize Venezuela's new leadership", he said in a video address posted on his Facebook account.

"Today, Israel joins the United States, Canada and most of Latin American and European states". His declaration during a day of widespread anti-government demonstrations has been followed by violent clashes between protesters and security forces that have killed at least two dozen people in recent days.

In heated back-and-forth exchanges at a United Nations Security Council meeting, the opposing camp led by Venezuela and Russian Federation, which has invested heavily in Venezuela's oil industry, accused Washington of attempting a coup, and lambasted Europeans' demand that elections be called within eight days.

He also spoke by phone with Guaido, the leader of Venezuela's opposition-controlled congress. Abrams reaffirmed USA support for Guaido as interim president, said Kimberly Breier, the current assistant secretary of state for the region.

President Donald Trump's national security adviser is sending a new warning to the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

"We now urge all parties to work constructively towards a peaceful resolution of the situation, including a return to democracy, respect for the rule of law and upholding of human rights of the Venezuelan people". "It's that simple, especially when it comes to Venezuela", he said.

President Maduro fears a foreign military intervention in Venezuela and is ramping up its armored forces along the Colombia border.

"Time for a new start for the suffering ppl (people) of Venezuela".

Maduro's reelection a year ago was contested by the opposition and rejected by the US, EU and United Nations as a sham - but he has until now retained the loyalty of the powerful military. This is the USA supporting the people of Venezuela, who want their constitution and democracy followed.

Venezuela has defused a potential showdown with the United States by suspending a demand that us diplomats leave the country even as Washington called on the world to "pick a side" in the South American nation's fast-moving crisis. It says it will provide a 30-day window for negotiating with US officials about setting up a "U.S. interests office" in Venezuela and a similar Venezuelan office in the United States.

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