ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s international minister stated on Sunday international locations which have acknowledged Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido have been fueling Venezuela’s troubles and punishing hundreds of thousands of its folks.
Venezuelan opposition chief and self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido gestures throughout a rally in opposition to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s authorities in Caracas, Venezuela February 2, 2019. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
Turkey has backed Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro in distinction with NATO allies the US and Canada, and a number of other right-leaning Latin American international locations which have acknowledged Guaido’s transfer to declare himself interim chief.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan, who has strengthened financial and political ties with Caracas, referred to as Maduro final month to induce him to face tall in opposition to what he described as “anti-democratic developments”.
International Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Sunday the international locations which have been supporting Guaido ought to as a substitute have labored for negotiations to resolve Venezuela’s disaster.
“There’s a drawback in a rustic, there’s a spark that may flip into a hearth at any second. On this case, they need to have contributed to the answer of the issue by means of dialogue,” Cavusoglu informed reporters in Istanbul.
“However is that how they dealt with issues? No. Quite the opposite, the occasion was fueled from the skin. The folks of Venezuela are being punished by such strategy,” he stated.
Cavusoglu stated Turkey had tried to provoke talks on Venezuela final 12 months between Washington and Latin American international locations. “However right now, not one of the international locations which have taken these steps in opposition to Venezuela has sought dialogue.”
Disagreement over Venezuela may change into one other severe level of friction between Washington and Ankara, that are additionally divided over coverage in Syria, Iran sanctions and Turkey’s plans to purchase Russian missile protection system.
On Friday Marshall Billingslea, U.S. assistant secretary for terrorist financing on the Treasury, held talks with Turkish officers about sanctions on Venezuela and Iran.
A senior U.S. official stated final week Washington was taking a look at Turkey’s industrial actions with Venezuela and would take motion “if we assess a violation of our sanctions”.
Turkish officers say Ankara’s commerce is in accordance with worldwide legal guidelines and laws.
In his remarks on Sunday Cavusoglu additionally reiterated Turkish criticism of what Ankara sees as a weak worldwide response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi consulate in Istanbul 4 months in the past.
“Not too long ago Western international locations – you realize they’re very delicate about human rights, making an attempt to show everybody about human rights – are silent,” he stated suggesting they have been extra eager about defending industrial ties with Riyadh.
“They’re making offers and promoting arms,” Cavusoglu stated.
Reporting by Dominic Evans; Modifying by Raissa Kasolowsky