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Guaido calls for establishing ties with US military

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Venezuelan on Saturday said that he instructed his to the US to establish relations with the US military, in a fresh move to pressurise to resign.

Addressing a rally here, Maduro said that Carlos Vecchio, who is recognised as the by Washington, to immediately contact the for possible cooperation, Voice of reported.

The rally was held after Guaido's deputy, Edgar Zambrano, was arrested on Wednesday by intelligence agencies for backing last month's failed coup d'etat against Maduro.

Zambrano, the of the opposition-controlled National Assembly, is being held at in

In response, Guaido hit out at the court's decision saying that nothing will stop the opposition from achieving free and fair polls and ousting Maduro from power.

Guaido had declared himself as the of during mass protests in January -- a move which was immediately backed by the US.

He currently enjoys recognition as the of by over 50 countries, including France, Japan, UK, the US amongst others.

Even though there have been recurring calls for Maduro to resign -- after calls to hold fresh elections failed -- the leftist leader continues to hold on to his post with the support of Venezuelan armed forces.

also slapped fresh sanctions on two shipping firms for allegedly transporting Venezuelan to

In a statement, the said on Friday, "We have designated two companies, and Serenity Maritime Limited, that operate in the sector."

"We have also identified two vessels that transported from to as blocked property," it added.

In addition, said that "the US will take further action if continues to receive Venezuelan oil in exchange for military support."

The US has been pursuing a policy of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation against the in support of Guaido.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sun, May 12 2019. 05:58 IST
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