MADRID, Jan. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The self-proclaimed “president in charge” of Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, met Monday in Bogotá with the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and other leaders of the region, to address the crisis in the country.
“President Guaidó held a meeting with the Secretary of State of the United States in the framework of the III Hemispheric Ministerial Conference to Combat Terrorism,” the National Communication Center, which acts as a press office for the Venezuelan opponent, reported on Twitter.
Hours before, he has held a “very productive working meeting” with Colombian President Iván Duque, as both have reported on the social network. “We share advances in attention to migrants based in Colombia and highlight the importance of restoring democracy in the neighboring country,” said Duque.
Likewise, the head of Guaidó's foreign policy, Julio Borges, has reported on a meeting with the Brazilian Foreign Minister, Ernesto Araujo, “on the role of the Lima Group in the restoration of democracy in Venezuela and the danger of Mature as a protector of terrorism in the region. ”
Guaidó has highlighted in post-press statements with Pompeo that these meetings show that “Venezuelans are not alone.” “Today it is the dictatorship that is alone, isolated, and that opens a window of opportunity,” he said.
Questioned about when he will achieve his goal of overthrowing the Maduro Government, for which he called himself “president in charge” almost a year ago, Guaidí has replied that “democracy has no time.” “We have achieved a lot,” he claimed.
However, he added that we must always look for “ways, alternatives” to reach the goal set, although it has not expressly alluded to the renewed efforts of Norway to resurrect the political dialogue in Venezuela.
Pompeo, meanwhile, has reiterated that the Donald Trump Administration “will continue to support Venezuela and the Venezuelan people.” “Countries around the world, the United States, Colombia and also in Europe, want you to have the opportunity to achieve what you want,” he said.
Asked about the differences between Washington and Brussels when addressing the Venezuelan crisis, he has refused to comment on them, ensuring that they have “the same vision” that Venezuela “is a failed state.”
The “president in charge” arrived in Colombia on Sunday, where he has already been other times, to participate in this regional conclave. It is expected that he will leave for Europe in what will be his first trip to the old continent. He has already confirmed his presence at the Davos Economic Forum and in Brussels.
On January 23, Guaidó proclaimed himself interim president with the stated objective of overthrowing the Maduro Government to hold “free” elections and thus resolve the political, economic and humanitarian crises the Caribbean nation is suffering.