The United Kingdom has become the most recent western nation to throw its weight behind Juan Guaido, the Venezuelan opposition politician, as the pressure intensifies on President Nicolas Maduro.
Jeremy Hunt, the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom said that the British Government will recognise Guaido as the president of Venezuela unless new elections are called within eight days.
In a tweet, Hunt stated: “@jguaido is the right person to take Venezuela forward.”
He added: “If there are not fresh and fair elections announced within eight days the UK will recognise him as interim president to take forward the political process towards democracy.”
The comments of Hunt echo those that were also expressed by the leaders of Spain, Germany, and France earlier today.
The countries follow the actions that were made by the United States of America which earlier this week recognised Guaido as the president of Venezuela.
Today, Mike Pompeo, the US secretary of state, said that countries must decide where they stand with regards to the ongoing conflict.
He stated: “Now it is time for every other nation to pick a side. No more delays, no more games. Either you stand with the forces of freedom, or you’re in league with Maduro and his mayhem.”
His remarks come as Russia was not able to block a UN Security Council meeting on Venezuela that was requested by the United States.
During a rally that was held on Saturday, Juan Guaido, the self-proclaimed acting president of Venezuela, expressed his gratitude for the growing international support in his attempt to take control of the UK government. He promised not to abandon his effort to chase President Nicolas Maduro from office.
Approximately 2,000 followers showed up for the gathering that was held in the affluent Las Mercedes neighbourhood of Caracas, the capital, where Guaido paid special thanks to the United Kingdom. He also disclosed that he has refused to turn over $1.2 billion in gold to the Maduro government.