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UK and other European countries recognise Guaidó as Venezuela's leader
Growing List Of European Nations Endorse Venezuela Opposition Leader Guaidó

06 February, 2019

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido walks at the National Assembly before a news conference in Caracas, Venezuela February 4, 2019.

In contrast to Trump's isolation on many worldwide issues, his recognition of Guaido has been followed by major Latin American powers such as Brazil and Colombia with key European states including Britain, France, Germany and Spain following suit on Monday. He said some preliminary steps had to be taken first by the Vatican and other members of the global community. Mexico, a Lima Group member opposed to steps aimed at ousting Maduro, did not attend. In a statement, it accused them of submitting to a USA "strategy to overthrow the legitimate government" and singled out Spain for acting "cowardly".

France, Germany, Britain, and Spain led the way on Monday, followed by Portugal, Austria, Sweden, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, the Czech Republic and Luxembourg.

But an attempt to muscle up the bloc's common position was vetoed by Italy, four diplomatic sources told AFP, with the coalition government in Rome divided over how to handle the Venezuela crisis.

Mexico was once an outspoken critic of Maduro.

The ministry said that it had initiated a conciliation procedure for a draft decision to support the transition to a democratic government in Venezuela based on the rule of law and respect for human rights.

"Soldiers, we continue to wait for you". "I'm pleased to inform the Venezuelan people that this transaction has until now been halted, protecting the resources of all Venezuelans", Paparoni said.

Venezuela has been under political turmoil since January 10 after Maduro was sworn-in for a second six-year term as the President, prompting protests by the country " s Opposition.

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Meanwhile, Venezuela's socialist party boss, Diosdado Cabello, threatened to hold early legislative elections that could gut the congress, which is the only branch of government controlled by the opposition.

Mr Maduro has written a letter to Pope Francis requesting a renewal of dialogue in the crisis.

Over recent years, Maduro has made repeated grandiose threats against Trump and the United States.

His hardline position is at odds with poverty-stricken Venezuelans when have been hit hardest by the country's economic collapse.

The US is sending food and medical supplies to Colombia's border with Venezuela where it will be stockpiled until it can be delivered to the economically shattered nation, US officials say.

Venezuela is in the grip of severe shortages of food and medicine and an inflation rate of more than one million per cent, according to the UN.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused the European Union of trying to "topple the government by violence and ruse", while berating the U.S. for treating Venezuela like "one of your states".

Opposition politician Miguel Pizarro said Mr Guaido's team would talk about how the aid would move once it was in place.

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