Venezuela gives US diplomats 72 hours to leave the country

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UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Caracas gave the US diplomatic staff three days to leave Venezuela, said Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. According to a statement, the presence of these diplomats creates a risk for the peace and sovereignty of the country.

US diplomats have 72 hours to leave Venezuela , Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza said Tuesday.

“The American diplomatic staff must leave the Venezuelan territory within 72 hours,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement.

The presence of US diplomats poses a threat to the peace, integrity and sovereignty of Venezuela, according to the text.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had previously announced that Washington would recall all of his Venezuelan diplomats within a week because he saw their presence as “a constraint on US policy.”

However, Mr. Pompeo did not specify what this constraint entailed.

On 11 March, the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned James Story, the charge d’affaires of the United States in Venezuela, to inform him of the sovereign decision of the Bolivarian government not to prolong the presence of American diplomats in the country, Mr. Arreaza recalled.

After the departure of most employees of the US Embassy on January 24, Mr.Pompeo said that the United States had not broken off relations with Venezuela despite the fact that Washington no longer recognized the President Nicolas Maduro.

He further indicated that the US authorities no longer considered Mr. Maduro to have the right to authorize or prohibit the United States diplomatic presence in Venezuela.

According to US President John Bolton’s US National Security Advisor, the United States is not seeking to create a coalition to overthrow President Maduro. Moscow hopes that the United States will take a reasonable approach to the idea of ​​a military operation in Venezuela.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the United States will not succeed if Venezuela’s neighbors do not support the military intervention.

Venezuela has been in a political crisis since January. On January 23, the opponent Juan Guaido, dismissed the day before the post of President of the National Assembly by decision of the Supreme Court, proclaimed himself “President in office of the country” and was sworn in during a demonstration.

The United States and about 50 other countries, including France and Germany, have recognized him as “Acting President.” China, Russia, Turkey and Mexico have supported the government. President Nicolas Maduro, who was sworn in for his second term on Jan. 10, called Juan Guaido a US puppet.

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