Turkey says US intervenes in Venezuelan politics

FNA – Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu on Thursday said the United States has repeatedly interfered with the domestic politics of Venezuela.

“The US and some Latin American countries have repeatedly intervened in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Cavusoglu told news channel A Haber in an interview.

On Wednesday, US President Donald Trump recognized Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as the interim president of the country, marking the most significant escalation in the ongoing feud between Washington and Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.

Cavusoglu added that it was “very strange” that Venezuela’s National Assembly leader declared himself as interim president despite the country has an elected president.

Maduro has slammed the decision of Trump and said his country was cutting off diplomatic relations with the US, giving American diplomats 72 hours to leave the country.

Brazil and the Organization of American States had recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s leader prior to his formal announcement. Argentina, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama and Paraguay have followed suit while Bolivia and Mexico continue to recognize Maduro.

Maduro has repeatedly lashed out at the US, saying Washington is waging an economic war against him and his government amid a sweeping sanctions campaign.

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since January 10 when Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan voiced solidarity with Maduro early Thursday after Washington recognized Guaido as interim president.