Publicado: Sol, Marcha 17, 2019
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

US Diplomats Pack Up and Leave Venezuela

US Diplomats Pack Up and Leave Venezuela

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.

This Sept. 12, 2008 photo shows the USA embassy in Caracas, Venezuela.

"U.S. diplomats will now continue that mission from other locations where they will continue to help manage the flow of humanitarian assistance to the Venezuelan people and support the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny", Pompeo said. "I know it is a hard moment for them", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Thursday.

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

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday announced that all remaining US diplomats have left Venezuela "for the time being", as relations between the two countries continue to deteriorate. On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the last remaining American diplomats have left the country. The U.S. flag outside the embassy had been taken down. He added, the USA will resume its presence in the country "once the transition to democracy begins", though he declined to offer a specific timeline.

"The United States government, at all levels, remains firm in its resolve and support for the people of Venezuela and Interim President Juan Guaido", Pompeo added. State Department spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters that the USA has revoked more than 600 visas from Venezuelans since late previous year.

Venezuela is gripped by an acute economic crisis that has fueled the rise of opposition leader Juan Guaido, the national assembly speaker who in late January declared himself to be the interim leader. The U.S. has led an global effort to oust socialist President Nicolas Maduro and replace him with Guaido, who vows to hold a new presidential election.

Power was restored Thursday after a weeklong blackout that Maduro blamed on the United States.

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