The United States has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens.
“Now, all US diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the nation. I know it is a challenging moment for them,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a statement on Thursday.
He stated the US remains committed to supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido, who desires to take away Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and hold elections.
“US diplomats will now continue that mission from other areas exactly where they will continue to assistance handle the flow of humanitarian help to the Venezuelan individuals and help the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny,” Pompeo stated.
All remaining U.S. diplomats in #Venezuela have departed for the time getting. We stay firm in our help for Venezuelan individuals and @jguaido and appear forward to returning to a absolutely free & democratic Venezuela. #EstamosUnidosVE
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 14, 2019
A convoy was noticed leaving the US embassy in Caracas on Thursday morning and the American flag was no longer flying outdoors.
Pompeo tweeted earlier this week that the diplomats would be withdrawn simply because they had develop into a “constraint” on US policy.
The Venezuelan government disputed Pompeo’s account, saying it had instructed the US diplomats to leave.
The embassy closure is set to worsen currently tattered relations with US President Donald Trump, who has not ruled out military intervention to overthrow Maduro as Washington monitors swiftly unfolding events in the oil-wealthy but crippled South American nation.
The US has currently imposed sanctions developed to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas.
The nation started returning to regular on Thursday following a close to-total weeklong blackout that the government has blamed on what it calls sabotage encouraged by the US.
Considering that January, the US, Canada and a number of European nations have named on Maduro to step down.
They and other folks now recognise Guaido, the leader of the country’s opposition-controlled legislative physique, as Venezuela’s rightful interim president.
Maduro, nonetheless, maintains the backing of around 50 United Nations-member nations, including Russia, China and Turkey.
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