HAVANA, June 7 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. government has failed in its destabilization plan against Venezuela and the local opposition is experiencing its "worst moment," said president of the Venezuelan National Constituent Assembly (ANC) on Friday.
Diosdado Cabello said the opposition led by self-proclaimed leader Juan Guaido is "divided" and "without leadership" in a press conference in Havana shortly before returning to Caracas after a two-day visit to the island.
"The United States is now understanding that it was wrong in choosing its leadership in Venezuela," said Cabello, referring to Guaido and recent statements by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
According to a report by the Washington Post earlier this week, Pompeo admitted that keeping the Venezuelan opposition together "has proven devilishly difficult," since more than 40 leaders believe they are "legitimate successors" to President Nicolas Maduro.
Cabello said Caracas is open to dialogue with the Lima Group, Canada or any other country but with respect to Venezuela's sovereignty and legitimate authorities.
"We believe the Lima Group won't do anything to help solve the crisis in Venezuela, they would put all their efforts to see Maduro go, that is the only task they want to fulfill," said Cabello, also first vice president of the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV).
The Lima Group, comprising 13 Latin American countries and Canada, was formed in Lima, Peru in 2017 with a proclaimed aim to settle Venezuela's domestic crisis.