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India keeping close eyes on situation in Venezuela, favours political solution

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New Delhi, Jan 25: India on Friday said that a close watch is being kept on the 'emerging situation' in Venezuela and New Delhi is of the view that it is for the people of Venezuela to find "political solution" to resolve their differences

"We are closely following the emerging situation in Venezuela," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar said in response to queries on the situation in Venezuela.

"We are of the view that it is for the people of Venezuela to find political solution to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and discussion without resorting to violence," he said.

Mr Kumar further said: "We believe democracy, peace and security in Venezuela are of paramount importance for the progress and prosperity of the people of Venezuela. India and Venezuela enjoy close and cordial relations."

The embattled government of Venezuela struck back against its opponents on Thursday, winning strong support from the country’s armed forces.

The events put Venezuela’s president, Nicolas Maduro, at the center of a Cold War-style showdown between Russia, an ally that has shored up his government with billions of dollars, and the United States, which has denounced him as a corrupt autocrat, media reports said.

The Trump administration pressed its case on Thursday, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo calling on all countries in the hemisphere to reject Mr Maduro and “align themselves with democracy,” setting up a test of wills with the Kremlin.

Only a day before, Mr. Maduro’s political nemesis, the opposition leader Juan Guaidó, seemed to have the momentum as during nationwide protests against the government, he proclaimed himself the country’s rightful president, earning endorsements from President Trump. (UNI)