US, Canada Recognise Juan Guaido, India Does Not

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido held a news conference in Caracas. Juan Guaido has declared himself the interim president of Venezuela.

In fast-paced developments, head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido declared himself as “acting president” of the country on Wednesday, plunging the South American country into a political crisis.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, in his response, accused the US of plotting the political instability in Venezuela in a television address on Thursday. He ordered the American diplomats to leave his country within 72 hours.

Maduro was re-elected to the top post in 2018 in an election which was not participated by most of the opposition parties.

Juan Guaido has hinted an amnesty for President Nicolas Maduro could be possible.

On Wednesday, the US, Canada and several Latin American countries’ recognised Juan Guaido as interim president of Venezuela.

US president Donald Trump had tweeted support for Guaido immediately after he announced himself as the new president. US secretary of state Mike Pompeo had called on the international community to “support Venezuela’s path to free and fair elections”.

Russia and China have supported the Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, while EU has taken a more cautious line.

However, India did not recognise Juan Guaido. Following large streets protests on Tuesday, India said that such a crisis should be resolved by the “people of Venezuela” through “constructive dialogue”. India did not recognise the opposition leader.

In a statement on Friday, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that India believed that “it is for the people of Venezuela to find a political solution to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and discussion without resorting to violence”.

“We believe democracy, peace and security in Venezuela are of paramount importance for the progress and prosperity of the people of Venezuela,” he said, adding that the two countries enjoyed “close and cordial relations”.

The reference to “people of Venezuela” was an implicit criticism of any foreign country directly interfering in the South American country.

India’s mention of a “constructive dialogue” was an indication that it didn’t want any of the domestic political players to also make a unilateral move which could lead to further violence.

Venezuela is among the top suppliers of crude to India, but supply had gone down last year with the oil production decreasing due to the political and economic instability in the South American nation.