President Erdoğan denounces coup d’état in Venezuela and expresses his support for Maduro

The President of the Republic of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said today that an attempted coup is taking place in Venezuela and he assured that his government will never be on the side of the coup leaders.

“Wherever there is a coup d’état, we are against it. In Egypt they struck a blow against Mursi, and we were against it. Today there is an attempted coup in Venezuela. We are never with those who organize blows. We respect the votes in democracy”, said Erdogan from the city of Erzurum.

Erdogan has shown his support for the president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, and has criticized that the president of the United States, Donald Trump, recognizes Juan Guaidó as head of the Venezuelan government.

The Turkish President said yesterday that he called President Maduro by phone to personally show his support and express that “do not yield to undemocratic actions”.

The Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlüt Çavusoglu, has warned, on the other hand, that the support to Guaidó could provoke the “chaos in Venezuela” and provoke an isolation of the country.

Turkey is thus positioned against Juan Guaidó, who has proclaimed himself president of the Caribbean country, by not recognizing the second Constitutional mandate of Nicolás Maduro, initiated two weeks ago.

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