Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday expressed optimism for a prompt and peaceful solution to Venezuela’s leadership crisis.
Merkel said that Germany recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the nation’s interim president.
Merkel, on a two-day visit to Japan, echoed many European nations in recognising Guaido as Venezuela’s interim leader and said he should organise new elections as soon as possible.
“Guaido is the person with whom we are talking and who we expect to initiate an election process as quickly as possible.
“And he is the legitimate interim president for this task, from the German perspective, and also from the perspective of many European partners.
“And we hope that this process is as short as possible and of course , peaceful,” Merkel told a news conference with Abe.
Abe did not comment on Guaido’s status, but he said Japan wanted a stable, democratic and prompt solution to Venezuela’s political crisis.
Several European nations have joined the United States in recognising Guiado as interim president, intensifying a global showdown over Nicolas Maduro’s socialist rule.
Abe has emphasised his cooperation with Merkel during a visit aimed at forging an “alliance of multilateralists” to resist U.S. President Donald Trump’s “America First’’ approach to trade and China’s pursuit of narrow national interests.
“Our responsibility towards working for global prosperity and security has merely increased,” he said, adding that the two leaders would work for a global order “based on rules.’’
International issues dominated the news conference.
Merkel said Germany would do everything possible to avoid a no-deal Brexit, but she did not want to reopen the Brexit withdrawal agreement.
British Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday that she would seek a “pragmatic solution’’ to a parliamentary impasse over the terms on which Britain leaves the European Union.