US News Venezuela: Guaido discussed with Blinken a "return to democracy"

11:35  03 march  2021
11:35  03 march  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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VENEZUELA-USA: Venezuela: Guaido discussed with Blinken a "return to democracy"


WASHINGTON / CARACAS (Reuters) - Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido held talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday, Blinken's services reported, the higher level contact of Joe Biden's administration with who the United States considers to be the legitimate president of Venezuela.

Juan Guaido, president of the National Assembly, invoked the Constitution to declare himself interim president of Venezuela in January 2019 by denouncing a fraudulent victory of Nicolas Maduro in the presidential election, a decision recognized by Washington and several dozen countries .

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The spokesperson for the US State Department said Antony Blinken "stressed the importance of a return to democracy in Venezuela through free and fair elections".

In a statement, Ned Price added that the US Secretary of State and Juan Guaido discussed "urgent humanitarian needs in Venezuela", which has been facing a deep economic crisis for several years.

Nicolas Maduro, supported by the Venezuelan army as well as by allies including Russia and China, describes Juan Guaido as a puppet of the United States seeking to dispossess him of power via a putsch.

Juan Guaido told an Argentinian television station on Tuesday evening that he had spoken with Antony Blinken and with Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, "as part of the program of international alliances to rescue democracy in Venezuela".

A White House official recently told Reuters that the Biden administration was "in no rush" to lift sanctions against Venezuela imposed by former President Donald Trump, but that it might consider easing them if Nicolas Maduro came to take measures showing that he is ready to negotiate seriously with the opposition.

(Eric Beech in Washington, Brian Ellsworth and Mayela Armas in Caracas; French version Jean Terzian)

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© AP - Matias Delacroix Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on January 22, 2021. Since the 2018 elections, considered fraudulent by Washington, and the When Nicolás Maduro came to power, nearly 320,000 Venezuelans found refuge in the United States, in southern Florida in particular. But the Trump administration has never regularized their status. As of today, they can claim temporary protection for eighteen months.

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