Australia announces support for Guaido

The Australian Government has recognised Venezuela's Opposition Leader, Juan Guaido, as the country's legitimate leader.

It follows similar declarations by the US, Britain, Germany and France.

Venezuela has sunk into turmoil under President Nicolas Maduro, with ongoing food shortages and daily protests amid an economic and political crisis.

In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said Australia would support Mr Guaido until elections were called.

US Ambassador: T&T's recognition of Maduro 'deeply concerning'

United States ambassador to Trinidad and Tobago, Joseph Mondello says he is deeply concerned with the position of the government of Trinidad and Tobago to recognise Nicolas Maduro as the president of Venezuela.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Stuart Young has said that the government recognises Maduro as president but the government has not express support for either side in the conflict.

Move to ramp up T&T's border patrols

Bor­der se­cu­ri­ty be­tween T&T and Venezuela is be­ing stepped up in an­tic­i­pa­tion of an in­creased in­flux of Venezue­lans fol­low­ing the cri­sis in that coun­try, says Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young.

At yes­ter­day’s post-Cab­i­net me­dia brief­ing he said, “As things de­vel­op and if they de­vel­op in a man­ner that’s not one of calm we - be­ing one of the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries to Venezuela - can ex­pect an in­flux of im­mi­grants.”

La Guerre: Brace for influx of migrants

Po­lit­i­cal an­a­lyst Prof John La Guerre is warn­ing Gov­ern­ment to brace for an in­flux of Venezue­lans seek­ing po­lit­i­cal asy­lum in T&T as the cri­sis in that coun­try un­folds.

La Guerre was speak­ing with Guardian Me­dia, as he weighed in on Venezuela's mount­ing tur­moil, fol­low­ing Wednes­day's protest ac­tion by thou­sands against Pres­i­dent Nico­las Maduro.

Be­tween Wednes­day and Thurs­day, Venezuela re­port­ed 12 deaths and scores in­jured as the cri­sis es­ca­lat­ed.

CARICOM leaders on Venezuela: Non-interference, facilitate dialogue

Twelve CARICOM countries have adopted a position of non-interference and non-intervention in the political impasse in Venezuela.

CARICOM heads of government and foreign ministers met on Thursday evening on the matter.

They've agreed as well to facilitate dialogue with a view towards resolving the crisis.

Emergency CARICOM meeting on Venezuela

CARICOM Heads of Government are at this time holding a special emergency meeting via video-conference to address the ongoing situation in Venezuela.

Prime Minister Dr the Hon Keith Rowley and Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs the Hon Denis Moses are in attendance.

The announcement was made by the Office of the Prime Minister's Twitter feed.

We will have more on this when there is further information.