Venezuelan opposition wants to send a delegation to Italy

Wilmer Guiado the taxi driving father of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guiado

Trucks carrying food and medical supplies sent by the United States to be stockpiled until it can be brought into Venezuela will arrive later this week at Guaido's request and will be prepositioned at the main Colombian-Venezuelan border crossing at Cucuta, U.S. officials with knowledge of the plan said.

This image taken from video, shows a fuel tanker, cargo trailers and makeshift fencing, blocking the Tienditas International Bridge in an attempt to stop humanitarian aid entering from Colombia, as seen from the outskirts of Cucuta, on Colombia's border with Venezuela, Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

Major opposition forces in Venezuela boycotted the presidential race amid allegations of irregularities. The Trump administration has pledged $20 million in aid and Canada has promised another $53 million.

"We are preparing to fly in as soon as we get the green light", he said.

Venezuela's opposition on Wednesday said it would use a USA -based fund to receive some of the country's oil income in a key step to bankroll its efforts to dislodge President Nicolas Maduro.

"We stand with the Venezuelan people in their noble quest for freedom", Trump is set to say, according to excerpts from his annual speech to Congress - where the opposition leader's envoy to Washington was among the top guests.

"For years now, we've witnessed the breakdown in democracy in Venezuela and a dictatorship willing to use force, fear and coercion to retain power". It also called on Venezuela's military to give their loyalty to the interim president.

Mexico and Uruguay have not recognized Guaido, the head of the National Assembly who declared himself acting president on January 23 in place of Maduro.

Yon Goicoechea, a member of Guaido's policy team, told Reuters that Guaido was in contact with PDVSA's global partners and they were willing to keep operating in Venezuela.

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn - a long-standing admirer of Nicholas Maduro's socialist predecessor Hugo Chavez - has strongly condemned outside interference in Venezuela "whether from the U.S. or anywhere else".

The European support comes after Maduro did not meet their Sunday night deadline to call a new presidential election. He is supported by China and Russian Federation, while Slovakia on Wednesday joined Italy in defying the coordinated action of European Union nations and the United States.

In response to the US, UK, Canada and many European countries coming out to officially recognize Juan Guaidó as Venezuela's interim president, Williamson reminded MPs in Parliament on Tuesday that US intervention in Latin American countries "never ends well".

But speaking to reporters en route home from the United Arab Emirates, he recalled that a previous Vatican diplomatic effort to facilitate talks between Maduro and the opposition "went up in smoke".



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