Marshall Islands recognises Venezuela's Juan Guaido

1:15 pm on 7 February 2019

The Marshall Islands government has recognised Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

Venezuela's National Assembly head Juan Guaido speaks to the crowd during a mass opposition rally against leader Nicolas Maduro in which he declared himself the country's "acting president", on the anniversary of a 1958 uprising that overthrew a military dictatorship, in Caracas on January 23, 2019.

Juan Guaido Photo: AFP / Federico Parra

The country's Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Thursday condemning what it desribes as the "anti-democratic" regime of Nicolas Maduro.

It comes amid a deepening political crisis in Venezuela, after Mr Guaido declared himself president in January and won US backing.

On Monday, the UK, France, Germany, Spain and other European countries recognised Mr Guaido's government.

Australia has also committed support to Mr Guaido, while New Zealand is not taking sides.

The Marshall Islands Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Bruce Kijiner, informed the US government of the Marshall Islands' support of Mr Guaido on Tuesday, the statement said.