Guaidó to visit Brazil for talks on Venezuela

UN expert Richard Gowan said the United States is hoping to pile pressure on Caracas by showing that a majority of council members back its stance, even if Russian Federation and China block the measure.

"If he wants to win their vote he has to do something about Venezuela".

On February 25, Venezuelan Foreign Minister stated that a meeting between Maduro and Trump would facilitate the regulation of a political crisis in Venezuela.

The humanitarian relief was also was meant to demonstrate the leadership of Guaido, 35, who claims the constitution makes him the rightful leader because autocratic President Nicolas Maduro stole last year's election.

A resolution needs nine votes to pass the council and no vetoes by the permanent members - the United States, Russia, China, France, and Britain.

The draft resolution, seen by AFP, calls for "free, fair and credible presidential elections", with the presence of worldwide observers, and describes the May vote in which Maduro was declared the victor as "neither free nor fair".

Vice President Mike Pence said the United States only recognises opposition leader Juan Guaido - whom he met earlier this week in Colombia in a show of support.

Venezuela's foreign minister suggested on Wednesday a meeting between Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and US President Donald Trump to "try to find common ground and explain their differences". It "supports the peaceful restoration of democracy and rule of law in Venezuela". In the February 18 speech, Trump warned members of Venezuela's military who remain loyal to Maduro that they are risking their future and their lives and urged them to allow humanitarian aid into the country.

Guaido crossed into Colombia on Saturday in preparation for efforts to move aid over the border to Venezuela. "The only thing to discuss with Maduro at this point is the time and date for his departure", he said on Twitter. It stresses the need to ensure the safety of all the members of Venezuela's National Assembly.

He said Washington's actions were depriving ordinary Venezuelans of food and medicine, and called on the rights council to "raise its voice" against the American "blockade".