June 6, 2019 / 6:45 PM / 4 months ago

Lima Group rejects Venezuela Maduro's call for early legislative elections

Guatemala's Foreign Minister Sandra Jovel, flanked by Peru's Foreign Minister Nestor Francisco Popolizio and Canada's Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaks during the final statement of the Lima Group regional bloc in Guatemala City, Guatemala June 6, 2019. REUTERS/Luis Echeverria

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - The Lima Group regional bloc on Thursday rejected Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s call on May 20 for early elections for the National Assembly, which is run by the opposition..

In a statement, the 12-nation Lima Group emphasized the importance of deepening contacts with countries that support Maduro’s government, particularly Russia, China, Cuba and Turkey, urging them to be part of the solution to Venezuela’s crisis.

Reporting by Sofia Menchu; Writing by Anthony Esposito; editing by Grant McCool

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