Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Speaks with Venezuelan Leader Guaido Ahead of Key Meeting of Allies

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Trudeau Speaks with Venezuelan Leader Guaido Ahead of Key Meeting of Allies

Article excerpt

PM speaks to Venezuelan opposition leader

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OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's office says he has spoken with the man Canada and many of its allies consider the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Trudeau's office says he spoke with Juan Guaido about the need for countries to send a clear message about what the PMO calls "the illegitimacy of the Maduro regime."

A statement from the PMO says the two also discussed the need to respect Venezuela's constitution and to have free and fair presidential elections.

The call comes a day before Canada and its allies in the so-called Lima Group are set to meet in Ottawa.

The gathering of more than a dozen of Canada's Western Hemisphere allies is meant to find new ways to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia

The agenda was still being finalized on Friday, in part because of the speed at which the Venezuelan crisis is unfolding. …

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