Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido on Saturday said that he instructed his envoy to the US to establish relations with the US military, in a fresh move to pressurise President Nicolas Maduro to resign.
Addressing a rally here, Maduro said that Carlos Vecchio, who is recognised as the ambassador by Washington, to immediately contact the US military for possible cooperation, Voice of America 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.
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.
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.
The US has been pursuing a policy of economic sanctions and diplomatic isolation against the Maduro government in support of Guaido.
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