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World Guaido Meets Pompeo in Renewed Push to Oust Venezuela’s Maduro

06:00  21 january  2020
06:00  21 january  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

Venezuelan opposition leader says talks with Maduro unlikely

  Venezuelan opposition leader says talks with Maduro unlikely Venezuela's opposition leader and self-declared acting president Juan Guaido said Saturday it is unlikely he will resume negotiations with President Nicolas Maduro. Guaido's apparent refusal to resume dialogue followed a new US drive toward diplomacy, almost a year after the US declared Maduro illegitimate and recognized Guaido as interim president. "Negotiations could open the path out of the crisis through a transitional government that will organize free and fair elections," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

(Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido met with U. S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Bogota and will later head to the World Economic Forum in Davos, as he rallies international backing for his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro .

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is meeting with U. S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Bogota before heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos, as he rallies international support for his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro . In Colombia, Guaido received the renewed support of

(Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido met with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Bogota and will later head to the World Economic Forum in Davos, as he rallies international backing for his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

Juan Guaidó wearing a suit and tie: Juan Guaido, president of the National Assembly who swore himself in as the leader of Venezuela, attends a session of the National Assembly held in a public amphitheater in El Hatillo, Venezuela, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019. .© Bloomberg Juan Guaido, president of the National Assembly who swore himself in as the leader of Venezuela, attends a session of the National Assembly held in a public amphitheater in El Hatillo, Venezuela, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2019. .

In Colombia, Guaido also received the renewed support of President Ivan Duque during a meeting Sunday at the presidential palace. On Monday, they visited a memorial service honoring the victims of a Bogota car bombing, accompanied by Pompeo.

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(Bloomberg) -- Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido is meeting with U. S . Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Bogota before heading to the World Economic Forum in Davos, as he rallies international support for his campaign to oust President Nicolas Maduro .

Pompeo is due to meet with Venezuela ' s opposition leader Juan Guaido -- who leads the challenge to The United States has been Guaido's main backer in the 36-year-old's bid to oust Maduro from power. But Maduro crucially retains the backing of Venezuela ' s armed forces while allies China

Venezuela is a “failed state”, Pompeo told reporters after meeting Guaido, reiterating that the U.S. is working with its allies to oust Maduro.

“I’ve heard this idea that we’ve underestimated Maduro. What’s been underestimated is the desire for freedom that rests in the hearts of the Venezuelan people,” he said. “We are collectively — the Europeans, the other countries in South America, the United States are determined to deliver that outcome for the people of Venezuela.”

While more than 50 countries recognize Guaido as the legitimate president of Venezuela, he has struggled to translate that support into concrete gains against Maduro and a regime that remains solidly entrenched. Last April, he tried to lead an uprising against Maduro’s government which failed after most of the armed forces refused to join.

Maduro says he’s still in control of Venezuela, ready for direct talks with the United States

  Maduro says he’s still in control of Venezuela, ready for direct talks with the United States In an exclusive, extensive interview with The Washington Post, embattled Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro appeared confident, defiant and unwilling to negotiate his exit.In an exclusive, extensive interview with The Washington Post — his first with a major U.S. media outlet since the day last February he abruptly pulled the plug on a Univision taping and ejected its journalists from the country — an exuberant Maduro said he had outfoxed his opponents in Caracas and Washington, is comfortably in charge and ready to talk.

Venezuela ' s armed forces -- who remain loyal to Maduro -- blockaded border entry points from Colombia, Brazil and Curacao to keep the aid from rolling. Maduro has grown bolder as the effort to oust him stalled and earlier this year tried to block Guaido's re-election as National Assembly president.

Venezuela crisis. Image copyright EPA. Image caption Mr Guaidó (left) travelled to Colombia to meet Mr Pompeo . US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says his country will take additional measures in support of Venezuela ' s opposition Mr Maduro accuses the US of orchestrating a coup to oust him.

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Venezuela now resembles war-torn Syria more than it does its Cuban ally, Guaido told reporters at the Colombian capital.

U.S. Talks

This is the second time Guaido defies a Venezuelan travel ban to leave his country, and potentially faces arrest when he returns from his first foreign trip since last March.

In Davos, Guaido hopes to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron from France, but those meetings are still unconfirmed, according to people familiar with his plans. After the forum in the Swiss Alps, he goes to Brussels to visit the Inter-Parliamentary Union, a global organization of national parliaments.

In a rare interview published by the Washington Post over the weekend, Maduro called for direct talks with the U.S. and said Pompeo was among those giving Trump bad advice.

To contact the reporters on this story: Kevin Cirilli in Washington at kcirilli@bloomberg.net;Oscar Medina in Bogota at omedinacruz@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Juan Pablo Spinetto at jspinetto@bloomberg.net, Matthew Bristow

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