Trump says United States backs Venezuela's 'quest for freedom': speech excerpts

07 February, 2019, 00:37 | Author: Darnell Patrick
  • US President Donald Trump is doubling down on support for Venezuela's opposition leader Juan GuaidoMore

Freeland smiled and remarked that protesting was a right guaranteed by the constitution in Canada, one that "I am sad to say political protesters in Venezuela do not (have)".

Guaido issued the call in a surprise appearance via video link to the gathering of Lima Group members and several other partners, including the United States and European countries.

The Lima Group of Latin American countries and Canada called Monday for a peaceful change in government in Venezuela, without military intervention.

"We'll see what can be done", he said, adding that he viewed the Holy See's mediation as a last resort, when all other means of settling the crisis have proven to be futile.

"From today, we will spare no effort in helping all Venezuelans achieve freedom, prosperity and harmony", Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said, referring to the decision to recognise Guaido as president.

The United States has slapped more than 65 current and former Venezuelan officials with sanctions, including numerous military's high command.

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro and first lady Cilia Flores acknowledge supporters at the end of a rally in Caracas, Venezuela, Feb. 2, 2019.

Williamson, a prominent Corbynite MP, argued that instead of doing as they're told by President Trump, Theresa May's government should be working with the worldwide community to find a peaceful resolution between Venezuela's socialist leader Nicolás Maduro and Guaido's opposition party.

"We are observing a widespread rejection of the Maduro regime's illegitimate claim to power following fraudulent elections last May", he stated.

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".

Maduro, in response, announced the severing of diplomatic and political ties with the United States.

This weekend he plans to oversee a deliberate provocation of the military by ordering in supplies of humanitarian aid. He was boosted on Saturday by the defection of a top air force general.

In a trip to Washington on Wednesday, Colombian Foreign Minister Carlos Holmes Trujillo said that any attempt to block aid from entering Venezuela is tantamount to "a crime".

Facing increasing isolation overseas, Maduro told Italy's SkyTG24 television on Monday that he had written a letter to the pope requesting his help.

"If anyone believes that his management of the economy is in any way an example of how to go about it, then they need their heads examined".

Venezuela, he says, is suffering "the largest hemispheric humanitarian crisis in modern history" marked by hyperinflation, recession and shortages of basic necessities such as food and medicine.

He said: "We are not beggars".

The next Lima Group meeting is due to be hosted by Colombia. Local NGO Foro Penal said nearly 1,000 people were detained between January 21 and 31.



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