MIAMI: US President Donald Trump on Monday urged Venezuela’s military to accept opposition leader Juan Guaido’s amnesty offer, or stand to “lose everything,” as a crisis deepened over President Nicolas Maduro’s refusal to let in desperately needed humanitarian aid.
Bringing in humanitarian aid is crucial to the viability of Guaido, who has denounced
Maduro’s re-election last year as fraudulent and in January declared himself interim president, a move recognized by some 50 countries.
He has given the Maduro government until Saturday to let shipments of mainly US aid into the country, which is in the grip of a humanitarian crisis due to shortages of food and medicine exacerbated by hyperinflation.
Addressing supporters and Venezuelan expatriates in Miami, Trump said he had a message for officials helping keep Maduro in place.
“The eyes of the entire world are upon you today, every day and every day in the future.
“You cannot hide from the choice that now confronts you. You can choose to accept president Guaido’s generous offer of amnesty to live your life in peace with your families and your countrymen.
“Or you can choose the second path: continuing to support Maduro. If you choose this
path, you will find no safe harbor, no easy exit and no way out. You will lose everything.”
Guaido has set a target of signing up to a million volunteers to help bring in the aid, with 600,000 already registered.
“On February 23, we have the opportunity to save the lives of hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans,” he said.
Maduro countered with his own announcement of 300 tonnes of aid from Russia, which he said would reach Venezuela by Wednesday — three days ahead of a potential showdown brought
about by his February 23 deadline.
Speaking at an official event broadcast on TV, Maduro said the shipment contained
Maduro has previously announced the arrival of aid from China, Cuba and Russia, his
main international allies.
PM Imran congraulates Modi on BJP victory
ISLAMABAD: Imran Khan has congratulated Narendra Modi on BJP’s landmark victory via telephone here on Sunday.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their peoples.
“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress, and prosperity in Sout Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives,” Spokesman added.
Incidentally, Hindu Nationalist BJP has ameliorated its position by bagging 303 seats.
US hiker found after 2 weeks lost in Hawaii forest
LOS ANGELES: An American yoga instructor who spent two weeks lost in the wilds of Hawaii, surviving on plants and water, has been found alive after an ordeal she described as “the toughest days of my life.”
Amanda Eller, 35, was rescued Friday beside a creek bed at the bottom of a ravine in a national forest on Maui after a helicopter spotted her.
She had been out on a hike when she vanished.
“The last 17 days of my life have been the toughest days of my life and it’s been a really significant spiritual journey,” Eller said from her hospital bed in a tearful video posted Saturday on the “Find Amanda” Facebook page created after her disappearance on May 8.
“It did come down to life and death and I had to choose. And… I chose life. I wasn’t going to take the easy way out, even if that meant more suffering and pain for myself,” she said.
Eller, who also works as a physical therapist, has been in the hospital since her rescue. She suffered a broken leg, a torn meniscus in her knee, sunburns and scrapes, The New York Times reported.
A grassroots fund-raising campaign collected more than $70,000, which paid for a helicopter to be hired for the search.
Video of her rescue shows Eller being hoisted into a helicopter as a volunteer shouts “And there she goes!” as she was lifted out of a steep ravine lined with waterfalls.
“I have the most gratitude and respect, and appreciation — I can’t even put it into words – for the people that have helped me, for the people that have paid for me, for the people that were at base camp,” said Eller from the hospital.
Eller’s boyfriend was the last to see her before she disappeared. Police found her car at a parking lot near a hiking trail.
She had gotten lost after leaving the trail to rest, the New York Times said. On the third day, she fell 20 feet (six meters) off a cliff, breaking her leg and injuring her knee.
“She is just as strong as we always said she would be. We knew she could make it this long,” supporters wrote on the Facebook page, which was followed by more than 20,000 people.
Hours before she was located, her family and friends announced a $50,000 reward for information on what they described as “her disappearance and possible abduction.”
During her ordeal, Eller lost around 15 pounds (seven kilograms), Javier Cantellops, one of the people who set out to search for her.
EU election: Le Pen leads in France
PARIS: Marine Le Pen, Far-Right National Rally party seems all set to finish top in European elections in France on Sunday.