Venezuela allows US diplomats to stay to defuse the showdown as the crisis continues
In the ongoing political crisis, Venezuela defused a showdown by calling for American diplomats to leave the country.
This weekend, Washington officials called on the world to vote for the socialist in the humanitarian situation of the South American state. President Nicolas Maduro broke off relations with the United States on Wednesday.
The Trump government and several other nations took steps to recognize opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim President of Venezuela, whom Maduro had called a coup attempt.
On Saturday, Venezuela's Colonel Jose Luis Silva publicly broke with Maduro in a video taken at the country's embassy in Washington, Reuters reported.
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"Today I." Talk to the Venezuelan people and especially to my brothers in the nation's armed forces to recognize President Juan Guaido as the incumbent state. The legitimate president, "Silva said in the video.
Maduro has rejected the calls for new elections, but on Sunday he said he was open to dialogue, and the meeting with President Trump was quoted by Reuters "not impossible". [1
anti-government protesters celebrate after Juan Guaido, chief the Venezuelan opposition congress, declared himself as interim president of the South American country until new elections can be called, and called for the resignation of the presidium ent Nicolas Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
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A source familiar with the Trump government's thoughts on Venezuela, Fox News said that the White House is encouraged by the fact that Venezuela's defense attache in Washington is getting public has turned against Maduro and threw his support behind the opposition leader Guaido.
Although Maduro gave the US diplomat three days to leave the country, the Trump administration said she did not obey, arguing that Maduro was no longer the legitimate president of the country and setting the stage for a showdown on Saturday night prepares.
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Late Saturday, the State Department issued a statement that the government suspended Maduro's expulsion for a 30-day window of negotiation with US officials on setting up an "US Interests Section" in Venezuela and a similar Venezuelan office in the United States, Associated Press said.
The State The Department did not endorse the Venezuelan government, merely stating that its priority remains personal security and does not intend to close the embassy.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had blasted Maduro's "illegitimate mafia state" in a speech before the attack The United Nations reported in the Fox News on Saturday.
"We are here to urge all nations to support the democratic aspirations of the Venezuelan people as they try to extricate themselves from the illegitimate mafia state of former President Maduro," Pompeo said. 19659003] CLICK HERE TO OBTAIN THE FOX NEWS APP
France, Germany, Britain and Spain had set a deadline of eight days on Saturday calling for the election of Guaidoo's leadership. According to Axios, Israel announced on Sunday in the US, Canada and some other Latin American countries that Guaido would be the de facto president of Venezuela.
Robert Gearty and Gillian Turner of Fox News, along with The Associated Press, have contributed to this report.