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Venezuela’s Guaidó defies authorities, visits Columbia

Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaidó has defied a travel ban to visit neighbouring Colombia for what was termed a counter-terrorism meeting.

Mr. Guaidó’s arrival in the Columbian capital, Bogota, on Monday was the second time he breached a travel ban imposed by his country’s pro-government Supreme Court.

He is expected to meet the US secretary of state in the city later in the day. The US and more than fifty countries, including most member-states of the Organisation of American States (OAS), recognise Mr. Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate leader.

Left-wing President Nicolás Maduro accuses Washington of masterminding a coup to overthrow him.

But in an interview  with the Washington Post, Mr. Maduro appeared to open the door for direct talks with the Trump administration.

He told the US-based newspaper that a “new type of relationship” was possible between the two countries.

Mr. Maduro and Mr. Guaidó have been at loggerheads for more than a year, after Mr. Guaidó – who heads the National Assembly – declared himself interim president, claiming Mr. Maduro’s re-election in 2018 was fraudulent.

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