Talks have seven-point agenda including easing sanctions, political rights and electoral guarantees –– but not the departure of President Maduro, accused by Guaido-led opposition of fraudulent re-election in 2018.
Electoral board president says 67.6 percent of 5.2 million votes cast in Sunday's election were for pro-Maduro candidates with only 31 percent voter turnout.
Cliver Alcala retired in 2013 after Hugo Chavez died. He then became an opponent of Maduro and fled to Colombia, joining forces with opposition leader Juan Guaido. The US has indicted the former general along with Maduro for "narco-terrorism."
"Unfortunately, the Fund is not in a position to consider this request," because there is "no clarity" on international recognition of the country's government, the Washington-based institution said in a statement.
US Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams criticised the detention of executives from US refiner Citgo in Caracas and warned Russia over its support for Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
Following are some initial reactions from world governments over the attempted coup called by self-proclaimed leader Juan Guaido against President Nicolas Maduro.
If the UN council backed the statement pushed by the US, it would effectively recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as Venezuela's head of state. But Moscow says it would oppose the move.
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