Turkey's Erdogan offers support for Venezuela's Maduro

Guaido declared himself interim president with Washington, many Latin American nations backing him


Reuters January 24, 2019
Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and offered his support after a Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself interim president, a spokesman for the Turkish president said on Thursday.

“Our president called and extended Turkey’s support to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and said ‘My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!’,” Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.

US, regional powers recognise Maduro's opponent as Venezuela leader

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.

Major regional players Brazil, Colombia, Chile, Peru and Argentina all gave their backing to Guaido’s self-proclamation as acting president, which he made in front of crowd of tens of thousands of supporters in the capital Caracas.

Cuba, however, sprang to the defence of its socialist ally, expressing ‘solidarity’ with Maduro while Mexico extended lukewarm support to him.

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