Monday, 25 March, 2019

US Diplomats Leave Venezuela 'For The Time Being'

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Steven Clarke | 17 March, 2019, 01:42

US diplomats began the exodus from the Caracas, Venezuela, embassy earlier this week.

The United States has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the crisis in Venezuela deepens, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday.

"Today, all USA diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the country", he said in a statement, adding that it is "a hard moment for them".

Pompeo released a statement Thursday, soon after the last diplomats were reported to have left.

Protests are also planned in the capital of Caracas and other parts of Venezuela as USA -backed Guaido seeks to ramp up pressure on Maduro, who says he is the target of a coup plot directed from Washington. "They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people's aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families".

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As of late 2018, the US has revoked more than 600 Venezuelan visas.

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido claimed that he had control over CITGO, a US-based subsidiary of the Latin American country's state-owned energy company PDVSA. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that the USA has revoked more than 600 visas from Venezuelans since late a year ago.

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro created a military unit on Friday charged with protecting basic installations and services such as electricity and water just over a week after the country was hit with a massive blackout.

The country began returning to normal on Thursday following a near-total weeklong blackout that the government has blamed on what it calls sabotage encouraged by the US.

National Assembly President Juan Guaido, who declared himself interim president of Venezuela, leaps on to a vehicle to speak to supporters as he visits different points of anti-government protest in Caracas, Venezuela, on Tuesday, March 12, 2019. "The whole world knows who the saboteur is", he said.

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