“I have repeatedly called for the urgent holding of free and fair Presidential elections in Venezuela in accordance with democratic standards and the Venezuelan constitutional order.
“In line with the common EU position and statement by HRVP Mogherini on 26 January 2019, I supported further EU actions, including on the issue of recognition of the country’s leadership if fresh elections were not announced.
“In the absence of such an announcement, I join other EU Member States in acknowledging and supporting Mr. Juan Guaidó, President of the democratically elected National Assembly, as President ad interim of Venezuela, in order for him to call for free, fair and democratic presidential elections.
“I am keenly aware of the right of the Venezuelan people to freely choose their future, and am committed to finding democratic solutions that can bring political stability and address the pressing needs of the people.
“I will speak to Juan Guaidó in person to communicate our position.”