Published: Mon, January 28, 2019
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

Trump Administration Accepts Guaido Ally as Venezuela Envoy in U.S.

Trump Administration Accepts Guaido Ally as Venezuela Envoy in U.S.

Britain, Germany, France and Spain all said on Saturday they would recognize Guaido if Maduro failed to call fresh elections within eight days, an ultimatum Russian Federation said was "absurd" and the Venezuelan foreign minister called "childlike".

U.S. National Security Council spokesman Garrett Marquis called the defection an example of the principle "that the role of the military is to protect constitutional order, not to sustain dictators and repress its own people". Greece's left-wing ruling Syriza party, however, voiced full support for Maduro.

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January 10 when President Nicholas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycott by the opposition.

"The United States has accepted the self-proclaimed Venezuelan president Juan Guaido's designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the charge d'affaires of the Venezuelan government in the United States, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Monday".

Guaido said Sunday on Twitter that he wants to bring global attention to members of the armed forces, prosecutors and judges linked to recent deaths, which he calls a "massacre".

Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro on Sunday rejected an ultimatum from the United Kingdom and four other European countries giving him eight days to call new elections, describing the move as "complete insolence".

Pompeo called the Maduro regime an "illegitimate mafia state" and criticized countries including Russia, China, Iran and Cuba for supporting him.

The young head of the opposition-controlled congress declared himself Venezuela's interim president last week as part of a campaign to remove Maduro.

Maduro quickly shot back, cutting off diplomatic relations with Washington and giving US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

He "asked the Lord to seek and find a just and peaceful solution to overcome the crisis that respects human rights and exclusively seeks the good of all people".

23 decision to recognize Juan Guaido as Venezuela's interim president.

Venezuela has backed down from their demand that United States diplomats leave the country, saying they're open to talks - as the Trump administration warned of a "significant response" if American personnel are threatened or intimidated.

Maduro retains the loyalty of the armed forces, though Venezuela's top military envoy to the United States on Saturday defected to Guaido.

"Venezuela does not pose any threat to peace and security". Whether or not this is true, Pence did deliver a video statement last week in which he declared "unwavering support" for the anti-Maduro protesters in Venezuela and told them that "we stand with you, and we will stay with you until democracy is restored".

It follows similar declarations by the US, Britain, Germany and France.

"With heartfelt thoughts for the Venezuelan people and the many with Italian origins, we express our closeness to the families of the victims in the face of the dramatic events taking place", he said. "We will continue to evaluate the situation on the ground and determine appropriate action", the official said.

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