Greece’s left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is backing calls by Bolivia for a negotiated settlement to the severe political and financial crisis in Venezuela.

Many European Union member countries are among 50 nations, including the United States, which are backing Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido against embattled President Nicolas Maduro. Those EU countries want a presidential election to resolve Venezuela’s problems.

But Tsipras’ Syriza party has friendly ties with left-wing parties in South America and has expressed support for Maduro.

Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, shakes hands with Bolivia's President Evo Morales after their press conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, shakes hands with Bolivia’s President Evo Morales after their press conference at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Bolivian President Evo Morales wants Tsipras to press the EU to push for talks between the Venezuelan government and opposition as a way out of the crisis.

Morales met with Tsipras in Athens on Friday during a rare trip to Europe.

Bolivia's President Evo Morales speaks during a press conference with Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras  at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Bolivia’s President Evo Morales speaks during a press conference with Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes Bolivia's President Evo Morales at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, welcomes Bolivia’s President Evo Morales at Maximos Mansion in Athens, Friday, March 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Bolivian President Evo Morales, right, listens Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during a conference in Athens, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Bolivian President Evo Morales, right, listens Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, during a conference in Athens, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Bolivian President Evo Morales, listens to Greece's Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, dueinf a press conference in Athens, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)
Bolivian President Evo Morales, listens to Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, dueinf a press conference in Athens, Thursday, March 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)

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