By Nawal Sayed
CAIRO, Jan. 30 (SEE) –Moroccan Foreign Ministry recognized Juan Guaido, Chairman of the National Assembly in Venezuela, as an interim president of the state, according to an official statement issued on Wednesday.
Venezuela’s self-proclaimed interim president Juan Guaido has been slapped with a travel ban and had his bank accounts frozen.
Guaido declared himself interim president last week amid protests against incumbent Nicolas Maduro, who succeeded his mentor Hugo Chavez in 2013.
Maduro has faced growing criticism after securing a second presidential term in a widely-boycotted election last year, marred by allegations of vote-rigging.
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita contacted Guaido via a phone call on Tuesday, the statement added.
On his part, the foreign affairs advisor of the Venezuelan assembly Manuel Avendano told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP) on Monday in Caracas: “We want to restore our relations with the kingdom of Morocco.”
The official added that Venezuelan President Maduro’s position on Morocco has not been beneficial for both countries. There has been actions and rhetoric that have separated the two countries.”
Avendano said that Guaido’s government wants to turn a new page after 20 years of “Chavism” and “Madurism” to adopt its “own positions on diplomatic issues.”