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Maduro says he is ready to start talks with opposition

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said his objective is "peace, understanding, and mutual recognition"

CARACAS, January 29. /TASS/. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has said he is ready to hold talks with his political opponents.

"I am ready to start talks, launch a dialogue with the entire Venezuelan opposition with the only objective - for peace, understanding, and mutual recognition," Maduro said at the meeting with Venezuelan diplomats who returned from the United States.

On January 23 Venezuelan National Assembly Speaker Juan Guaido proclaimed himself as the country's acting president. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has described it as a coup attempt and announced severing diplomatic relations with the United States. Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez said that the armed forces do not recognize Guaido as interim president.

Guaido was recognized as interim president by the Lima Group countries (except for Mexico), as well as by Albania, Georgia, the United States, and the Organization of American States. Several EU countries came forward with support for the Venezuelan parliament and expressed hope for new elections to resolve the crisis. Maduro was supported by Russia, Bolivia, Iran, Cuba, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Turkey. Belarus and China called for resolving all issues by peaceful means and spoke against any interference from the outside. The UN secretary general called for dialogue to resolve the crisis.