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Erdogan Calls Maduro To Voice Support, Condemn Recognition of Rival

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. File photo

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan called Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and offered his support after a Venezuelan opposition leader declared himself interim president, a spokesman for the Turkish president said on Thursday.

"Our president called and extended Turkey's support to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and said 'My brother Maduro! Stand tall, we stand by you!'," Ibrahim Kalin said on Twitter.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself interim president on Wednesday, winning the backing of Washington and many Latin American nations and prompting socialist Maduro, who has led the oil-rich nation since 2013, to break relations with the United States.

Turkey's foreign minister joined Erdogan on Thursday in showing solidarity with Venezuelan Maduro, saying that such a declaration may lead to chaos.

"There is an elected president and another person declares himself president, and some countries recognize this. This may cause chaos," Mevlut Cavusoglu told the A Haber news channel. "We are against the isolation of countries. I hope the situation will be solved peacefully."

Reporting based on Reuters