Muscat: US Vice President Mike Pence met members of the Venezuelan diaspora in Doral, Florida, reaffirming Washington's commitment to the South American country's opposition.
In a statement, Pence said, "Nicolas Maduro’s dictatorship is destroying Venezuela. For too long, the people of Venezuela have suffered under the heavy hand of oppression. But now, there is hope. We are with the people of Venezuela, we stand with them, and we will stay with them until democracy is restored."
With the economy in freefall, oil-rich Venezuela has continued to endure one crisis after another as socialist party leader Maduro clings to power in the face of growing opposition to his rule. That opposition is led by Juan Guaidó, a lawmaker who swore himself in as president after Maduro won elections many observers have dismissed as fraudulent.
Guaidó has been recognised as president by over a dozen Latin American countries, the USA, the UK and the European Parliament. Maduro, on the other hand, is recognised by Cuba, Russia, China, and Mexico.