Venezuela: Guaido seeks talks with United States military

Venezuela: Guaido seeks talks with United States military

Juan Guaido's deputy was arrested Thursday as Venezuelan intelligence agents used a tow truck to drag his auto away while he was still inside it.

Guaido, who says Maduro rigged his own re-election past year, has repeatedly led street demonstrations and has called on the military to turn their backs on Maduro, who is supported by China and Russian Federation.

Venezuela's self-declared president Juan Guaido said on Saturday that he had instructed his political envoy in Washington to open relations with the USA military with immediate effect.

It also come after pro-Maduro lawmakers agreed on Tuesday to strip Zambrano and six other lawmakers of their parliamentary immunity to allow future prosecution.

Maduro has called Guaido a puppet of the U.S. Maduro has held on to power with the support of Cuba, Russia and China.

The U.S. government's Venezuelan embassy, now based in Washington, said Zambrano's "arbitrary detention" was 'illegal and inexcusable'. "Zambrano's arrest may be a test to gauge the response of the worldwide community before it moves against Guaido".

Washington said: "If he is not released immediately, there will be consequences".

The head of the Venezuelan National Assembly said Thursday that his country has now passed the "red line" to be able to request foreign military cooperation, though he noted that such a decision depends on the countries willing to offer their help in the matter.

El Aissami said in a state television address on Friday that the government has "received assurances that our sovereignty will be respected and that there will not be interference in matters that should be dealt with by Venezuelans".

'They will have to pay before the courts for the failed coup that they attempted'.

On Wednesday, Edgar Zambrano, the opposition-run National Assembly's vice president, said he had been arrested by intelligence agents.

Yet the Trump Administration has so long taken the liberty of speaking for Guaido in the global community, it probably feels his imprimatur is less about what Guaido says, and more about what the administration can claim he'd want.

It was not yet clear if Mr Zambrano was already at the Helicoide.

National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido, recognised as interim president of Venezuela by more than 50 countries, has asked his diplomatic representative in the US, Carlos Vecchio, to meet with the US Southern Command to coordinate its possible aid in dealing with the Venezuelan crisis. Authorities have not yet tried to arrest him, but Maduro has said he will 'face justice'.

Trump administration officials have repeatedly said that "all options are on the table" to oust Maduro, who calls Guaido a USA puppet seeking to oust him in a coup. On Wednesday, the court accused three others of the same crimes.

Following Faller's statement, on 10 May, US ship USCGC James, which belongs to the United States Coast Guard, entered the Venezuelan waters but changed course after communicating with the Venezuelan Navy.

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