"This position is consistent with the constitution and laws of Venezuela and I call upon my brothers in the military to join in supporting Guaido".
Guaido's declaration of himself as the interim president takes Venezuela into uncharted territory, with the possibility of the opposition now running a parallel government recognised overseas as legitimate but without control over state functions.
She supplements her income working as an astrologer, and although the stars have been telling her Venezuelans are on the road to ridding themselves of socialist President Nicolas Maduro, she doesn't expect him to go quickly or quietly.
Six European countries - Spain, France, Germany, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands - on Saturday demanded that either Venezuela call elections within eight days or they would recognize Guaido as interim leader.
Abrams called Venezuela "a satellite of Cuba and Russia" - which the three countries vehemently denied - and said Saturday's meeting "is not about foreign intervention in Venezuela" but "about the right of Venezuelans to direct their own internal affairs and choose the future of their own country democratically".
Mr Guaido said mass protests were the only way to end Mr Maduro's "dictatorship".
At a Caracas rally the 35-year-old opposition leader said he will announce a date for "a grand march" for change, and called on supporters to distribute on Sunday print and electronic copies of amnesty measures approved by the opposition-controlled National Assembly, which he has headed since January 5. Of course, it's a lot easier for Silva to say such things from the safety of Washington, D.C. Getting the actual army in Venezuela to follow his lead is another matter.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan voiced his support for Mr Maduro in a phone call on Thursday.
The diplomatic support for Guaido was a striking move in a region where countries tend to refrain from criticizing each other despite their political differences, underscoring how rattled Venezuela's neighbors have become by its deteriorating situation.
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He thanked Mr McCallum, a former minister in Mr Trudeau's Cabinet, for his 20 years of public service. But on Friday he was quoted as saying it would be "great for Canada" if the USA dropped the request.
The duelling appeals from the two rivals again put the military centre stage in the global debate over who holds a legitimate claim to power in the South American nation. This is the US supporting the people of Venezuela, who want their constitution and democracy followed. He accused Maduro of usurping power and promised to create a transitional government.
Venezuela's Foreign Ministry says it has extended a deadline for USA diplomats to leave following it's rupture in relations.
Maduro and his predecessor Hugo Chavez, who broke off ties with Israel in 2009, have both been strident critics of Israel, and some Jewish community leaders have expressed fears of the government stoking anti-Semitism.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told members of the U.N. Security Council Saturday to "pick a side" in Venezuela. Reuters reported on Friday that private military contractors who do secret missions for Russian Federation flew into Venezuela to beef up security for Maduro.
"I'm so happy that they are supporting us and standing with us".
Maduro said the display showed the world he had the backing of the military and that Venezuela's armed forces were ready to defend the country.
Venezuela has defused a potential showdown with the United States by suspending a demand that US diplomats leave the country even as Washington called on the world to "pick a side" in the South American nation's fast-moving crisis.
However, Maduro softened his demand that all USA embassy staff withdraw by Saturday.
Talks about an interest section will have a 30-day limit and if no agreement is reached embassy personnel will then have to leave the country, according to the statement.