Venezuela FM says Maduro and Trump should meet to 'find common ground'

Venezuela FM says Maduro and Trump should meet to 'find common ground'

Venezuela FM says Maduro and Trump should meet to 'find common ground'

In addition, the United Nations also still recognizes the Maduro government.

Venezuela suffers from hyperinflation and food and medicine shortages.

A resolution needs nine votes in favor and no vetoes by Russia, China, France, Britain or the United States to pass. Diplomats said the US draft is likely to gain the minimum nine votes to force a likely Russian veto, while the Russian draft is expected to fail without the need for a USA veto. In order to pass, a resolution needs nine votes in favor and none of the five permanent members - the United Kingdom, the U.S., Russia, France and China - can oppose.

The US has called on Maduro, president since 2013 after succeeding the late Hugo Chávez, to stand down after claiming his 2018 snap election win was marred by vote-rigging.

It expresses support for "the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela" and requests that UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres broker a deal on holding fresh elections.

The draft resolution is expected to be put to a vote Thursday afternoon, a council diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of an expected announcement.

Wahington once again puts pressure on the Security Council with the entry of the humanitarian aid he sent to the Colombian-Venezuelan border, a project in which the United Nations and the International Red Cross chose to remain on the sidelines, while stressing the need to depoliticize assistance.

Earlier this week, the USA said it would ask the UN Security Council to adopt a draft resolution demanding that humanitarian aid be allowed into Venezuela - a major escalation in its diplomatic campaign in support of Guaido - and announced $56 million in aid to Venezuelans.

According to the BBC, Maduro said Venezuela would not be accepting the aid because it has "never been, nor are we, a country of beggars". "Does it keep trying to pile moral pressure on Maduro, or does it conclude the United Nations diplomatic route is dead?"

The Venezuelan opposition's envoy to the United States, Carlos Vecchio, met with U.S. President Donald Trump recently and asked him to increase pressure on socialist President Nicolas Maduro, Vecchio's office said in a statement on Tuesday.

"The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure".

On Monday, US Vice President Mike Pence announced fresh sanctions against allies of Maduro after meeting with Latin American leaders and Guaido in Colombia.

Guaido was to travel to Brasilia to meet President Jair Bolsonaro today.

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