Ottawa, Canada's Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, has spoken with the Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, to send a clear message about what he calls "the illegitimacy of the Maduro regime, a statement from the prime ministry office said Monday .

The statement said the two leaders discussed the need to respect Venezuela's constitution and to have free and fair presidential elections.

"The prime minister commended Juan Guaido for his courage and leadership in helping to return democracy to Venezuela and offered Canada's continued support," the statement added.

The call comes a day before Canada and its allies in the so-called Lima Group are set to meet in Ottawa. The gathering of more than a dozen of Canada's Western Hemisphere allies is meant to find new ways to support the Venezuelan opposition and ease the refugee crisis in neighboring Brazil and Colombia.

Source: Jordan News Agency