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Turkey: Coups, military intervention not the answer

May 2, 2019 at 8:00 pm

Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro take part in a demonstration in Caracas, Venezuela on February 23, 2019 [Venezuelan Presidency / Handout – Anadolu Agency]

The crisis in Venezuela can be solved through talking and working together, not sending in troops or overthrowing the government, Turkey’s foreign minister said on Thursday, Anadolu Agency reported.

“Turkey is opposed to military intervention and coups. Problems can be solved through dialogue and cooperation,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told a joint news conference with his Paraguayan counterpart Luis Alberto Castiglioni in Turkey’s capital Ankara.

Also touching on Monday’s phone call between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his US counterpart Donald Trump, he said they discussed a range of issues in a positive atmosphere.

Trump wants to visit Turkey this summer, following his June trip to Europe, Cavusoglu added.

Venezuela has been rocked by protests since Jan. 10, when President Nicolas Maduro was sworn in for a second term following a vote boycotted by the opposition.

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Tensions escalated when Juan Guaido, who heads Venezuela’s National Assembly, declared himself acting president, a move supported by the US and many European and Latin American countries.

Russia, Turkey, China, Iran, Bolivia and Mexico have thrown their weight behind Maduro.

This Tuesday Guaido posted a video on social media calling for an uprising to end the “usurpation” of Maduro.

Erdogan denounced the move, saying: “We, as a country which has experienced coups and their negative consequences, condemn the coup bid in Venezuela.”

Speaking alongside Castiglioni, Cavusoglu said Turkey and Paraguay will work to boost investments and mutual trade as well as develop political and cultural ties.

For his part, Castiglioni said that Paraguay is an important platform in Latin America for Turkey, adding his visit will pave the way for future visits to make progress in legal, economic, and trade ties.