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Dominican Republic: Dominican Republic no longer recognizes Guaidó as president of Venezuela

The Dominican Republic has not recognized Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s interim head of state since January 5, when his term as president of the National Assembly ended, Foreign Minister Roberto Álvarez said in an interview published on Wednesday.

Álvarez affirmed, in an interview with Listín Diario, that the Dominican Republic does not recognize Guaidó because he understands that “that would be setting a disastrous precedent for the future.”

However, the Foreign Minister reiterated that his country does not recognize the Venezuelan National Assembly elected in last December’s elections, which were not recognized by many countries, including the Dominican Republic, considering that they lacked democratic guarantees.

“In the case of Venezuela, we believe (that) negotiation with the regime is needed. Even if you do not like Maduro, he is the interlocutor; to negotiate, you need two parties,” he said.

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