Maduro thanks Turkey for support to Venezuela
A growing number of countries have lined up behind Guaido, the head of the National Assembly, who declared himself president under Articles 333 and 350 of the Venezuelan Constitution amid mass anti-government protests over the country’s economic crisis. Guaido's declaration was quickly recognized by the US, Canada and several fellow Latin American nations.
Maduro first took office in 2013 following the death of his predecessor Hugo Chavez. After being inaugurated earlier this month, he is set to govern for another six-year term through 2025.
“VENEZUELA IS NOT ALONE”
"I thank Russia, China, Turkey and other governments and people of the world for their strong support of the legitimately established government of Venezuela," Nicolas Maduro said in a Twitter post. "Venezuela is not alone!" he added.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan voiced solidarity with Maduro early Thursday, a day after Washington recognized Guaido as the interim leader of Venezuela.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the foreign interference in Venezuela's internal affairs a serious violation of international law.
China also said it supports "efforts" by Venezuela’s government to secure its national sovereignty.
Meanwhile, Palestinian resistance group Hamas in a written statement condemned the coup attempt and the open intervention of the US in Venezuela's internal affairs. Hamas also praised the Venezuelan people for resisting against plots and backing the government, which unconditionally supports the Palestinian issue.