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Venezuela opposition leader sets deadline for Maduro to let in emergency supplies

13 February, 2019, 07:29 | Author: Taylor George
  • Venezuela's Supreme Court says Guaido's status invalid

The United States and a number of Western countries have recognized Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, as Venezuela's president.

"They have to let the aid in because people are dying from lack of medicine", said 72-year-old Armida Quintana, who stood on a plastic stool to see above crowds of thousands, many wearing Venezuelan flags as capes. US President Donald Trump's administration has been pushing for the global community - including Israel - to back President Nicolas Maduro's ouster.

Maduro's predecessor, Hugo Chavez, shunned Israel over its 2008-2009 war in Gaza, and fostered ties with the Palestinians as well as with Israel's arch-foe Iran.

Maduro has remained defiant in the face of domestic and global pressure.

Later on Tuesday, Guaido shared a selfie taken at anti-government protests on his Twitter account. "We are and will continue to be on the streets!" "First we'll restore the relations, then we'll announce the appointment of an ambassador to Israel, and we very much hope an envoy will come here from Israel".

Russian Federation stands ready to facilitate the start of dialogue between Venezuela's government and opposition, TASS news agency quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov on Tuesday as saying. It was then relocated to Tel Aviv along with other diplomatic missions, and closed down in 2009.

Maduro also rallied supporters at rival demonstrations following more than a month of pressure led by opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido, who has proclaimed himself the country's legitimate president. "On Saturday, big assemblies, open town councils in all Venezuela will get organized". "In due time, I will declare the renewed ties and the placement of the embassy".

Guterres met with Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in NY, at the request of Caracas, as the standoff between President Maduro and Guaido hardened.

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Some 2.3 million Venezuelans have fled the country since 2015, according to the United Nations.

Humanitarian help for Venezuela has been gathered in Colombia's city of Cucuta since the last week.

"This (Jewish) community is very active and prosperous, one which has contributed greatly to our society", Guaido said in the interview. "I assume they are happy we are renewing ties with Israel". "There are nearly two million at health risk", said Guaido, recognised as Venezuela's interim leader by 50 countries.

Venezuela's opposition has called its supporters into the streets across the country in a campaign to break the military's support of President Nicolas Maduro, who refuses to let emergency food and medicine from the United States across the border.

As well as the Vatican, Norway, another traditional worldwide mediator, has also offered to help with dialogue.

Venezuela's self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido gives the thumb up as he gets into a auto after a meeting with university students at the Central University of Venezuela, in Caracas, Venezuela, February 8, 2019. Security forces responded with raids that have killed dozens of people.

The comptroller general said that according to the country's constitution, members of the National Assembly can not "receive any type of payment from other public or private job", and they "cannot be owners, administrators or directors of companies that contract with legal entities".



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