Switzerland

Venezuela’s Guaido says Maduro is in his final phase

Swissinfo | Mar 23, 2019 at 1:16 PM
  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s administration has reached its final stage and there will soon be a change in government, opposition leader Juan Guaido said.
  • Venezuela plunged into a deep political crisis in January, when Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s May 2018 re-election was illegitimate.
  • Shortly after assuming the interim presidency, Guaido offered amnesty to members of the military who took his side.

Switzerland

Venezuela’s Guaido says Maduro is in his final phase

Swissinfo | Mar 23, 2019 at 12:14 PM
  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s administration has reached its final stage and there will soon be a change in government, opposition leader Juan Guaido said.
  • Venezuela plunged into a deep political crisis in January, when Guaido invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro’s May 2018 re-election was illegitimate.
  • Shortly after assuming the interim presidency, Guaido offered amnesty to members of the military who took his side.

Japan

IADB cancels Beijing meet in row over Venezuela rep

Japan News | Mar 23, 2019 at 9:57 AM
  • The Inter-American Development Bank on Friday called off next week’s meeting of its 48 member countries in China after Beijing refused to allow a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to attend.
  • Most Western countries have recognized Guaido as head of state.
  • The International Monetary Fund and World Bank have so far not made a decision on whether to recognize Guaido officially as head of state.

China

Trump meets Caribbean leaders on regional issues

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 23, 2019 at 5:12 AM
  • U.S. President Donald Trump has met with several leaders of the Caribbean region to discuss regional issues at his Mar-a-Lago resort in the state of Florida, the White House said on Friday.
  • Also on Friday, U.S. Department of the Treasury slapped sanctions on Venezuelan Economic and Social Development Bank (BANDES) and four other financial institutions BANDES owns or controls, over the alleged arrest of an aide of Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido.
  • The Trump administration recognized Guaido as the nation’s “interim president” on Jan. 23, days after Nicolas Maduro was inaugurated for a second term as Venezuela’s president.

Russian Federation

US sanctions against Venezuela’s bank will affect almost 24 million clients

TASS Russian News Agency | Mar 23, 2019 at 4:28 AM
  • US sanctions imposed on Venezuela’s Bandes bank will affect almost 24 million clients, the Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Friday.
  • The Venezuelan government condemned “unilateral, coercive, arbitrary and illegal measures that affect Venezuela’s Bandes bank and four important financial institutions.
  • On Friday the US Treasury imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan Economic and Social Development Bank (Bandes); Uruguay-based Banco Bandes Uruguay; Venezuelan banks Banco Bicentenario del Pueblo and Banco de Venezuela; and Bolivia-based Banco Prodem S.A.

India

Finance Meeting in China Said to Be Canceled Over Venezuela Row

Bloomberg Quint | Mar 23, 2019 at 3:19 AM
  • The Inter-American Development Bank canceled a meeting set to be held in China next week after the nation refused to allow representatives of Venezuela’s opposition to participate.
  • The U.S. had threatened to pull out if a representative of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido was prevented from participating, Reuters reported earlier.
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and People’s Bank of China — which was hosting the meeting — did not reply to faxes sent on Saturday in Beijing seeking comment.

China

U.S. Treasury sanctions Venezuela’s national development bank over alleged arrest of Guaido’s aide

Xinhua News Agency | Mar 23, 2019 at 3:11 AM
  • The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Friday slapped sanctions on Venezuelan Economic and Social Development Bank (BANDES) and on four other financial institutions BANDES owns or controls, over an alleged arrest of an aide of the country’s opposition leader.
  • Also, U.S. persons are generally prohibited from all dealings that involve any property of theirs.
  • The Trump administration recognized Guaido as Venezuela’s “interim president” on Jan. 23, days after Maduro was inaugurated for a second term as Venezuelan president.

United States

U.S. blacklists Venezuelan state banks after arrest of Guaido aide

Reuters | Mar 23, 2019 at 2:05 AM
  • The United States imposed sanctions on Friday on Venezuela’s development bank, Bandes, a day after the Trump administration warned there would be consequences for the arrest by Venezuelan authorities of opposition leader Juan Guaido’s top aide.
  • It also imposed sanctions on state-owned Venezuelan commercial banks, including Banco de Venezuela and Banco Bicentenario.
  • Uruguay has stayed neutral on Venezuela’s political crisis and has called for dialogue, while China, Russia and regional ally Cuba have backed Maduro.