Venezuela's Gauido rejects Mexico, Uruguay offers to mediate

Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, speaks to reporters during a walk out against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas. (Ariana Cubillos, AP)
Opposition National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, speaks to reporters during a walk out against President Nicolas Maduro, in Caracas. (Ariana Cubillos, AP)

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido says he's respectfully declining offers from the presidents of Mexico and Uruguay to negotiate with President Nicolas Maduro.

Guaido on Friday made public a letter that he's sending to both leaders. He urged them to be on the right side of history, saying that remaining neutral in the political struggle aligns them with Maduro.

Guaido declared last week that he's interim president of Venezuela and vowed to topple Maduro's administration. He's backed by the United States and roughly two dozen nations.

He says his priority is to hold democratic elections.

The United States also rejects offers from Mexico, Uruguay and the Vatican to mediate a dialogue.

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