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More talks to resolve Venezuela's crisis

Venezuela's Opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is proclaiming himself President, has agreed to take part in talks with Nicholas Maduro's government.

Venezuela's opposition will take part in talks in Barbados mediated by Norway, as part of efforts to resolve the ongoing political crisis in the economically devastated nation

Opposition leader Juan Guaido has been recognised as Venezuela's rightful leader by more than 50 governments, says any talks with representatives of President Nicholas Maduro should not be used by the Socialist Party to buy time.

"The Venezuelan people, our allies and the world's democracies recognise the need for a truly free and transparent electoral process that will allow us to surpass the crisis and built a productive future," Guaido's office said in a statement,.

In January, Guaido invoked the constitution to assume a rival presidency after dismissing Maduro's 2018 re-election as a fraud. He does not control state institutions, largely because the country's military continues to back Maduro.

Maduro on Friday defended the Norway-backed dialogue process, while Guaido the same day said there would never be a good moment to mediate "with kidnappers, human rights violators, and a dictatorship."

Source AAP

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