Maduro Says Venezuela Secured Victory at UN Security Council Meeting

Maduro Says Venezuela Secured Victory at UN Security Council Meeting

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Caracas, Jan 27 : Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro expressed belief on Sunday that his country had come out victorious in the UN Security Council meeting held on Saturday, citing the fact that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had left the hall before the end of the meeting as a proof of Venezuela's victory.

On Saturday, the UN Security Council held a meeting to discuss the situation in Venezuela, which is currently going through a political crisis. The meeting has lasted for almost five hours, but the council has not arrived at any decision.

"I ask you to applaud loudly to Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. We have secured victory in the United Nations. This was a great victory, and we have received support of most of the UN Security Council member states. Mike Pompeo has left the meeting," Maduro said in his address for a Venezuelan youth organization.

The situation in Venezuela, which has been struggling to overcome a political crisis amid the opposition's refusal to recognize last year’s re-election of Maduro, significantly escalated on Tuesday when the opposition-controlled National Assembly declared the president a usurper.

The very next day, Juan Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, proclaimed himself Venezuelan interim president. Maduro accused Washington of attempting to organize a coup in Venezuela, declaring the decision to cut off diplomatic relations with the country.

Russia has stressed that it only recognizes Maduro as the legitimately elected Venezuelan president. (UNI)