The United States has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in Caracas as the disaster in Venezuela deepens.
“Currently, all US diplomats remaining in Venezuela departed the region. I know it is a challenging second for them,” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned in a assertion on Thursday.
He explained the US continues to be dedicated to supporting opposition chief Juan Guaido, who desires to oust Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and maintain elections.
“US diplomats will now keep on that mission from other places where by they will proceed to assistance control the stream of humanitarian support to the Venezuelan people today and help the democratic actors bravely resisting tyranny,” Pompeo mentioned.
A convoy was viewed leaving the US embassy in Caracas on Thursday early morning and the American flag was no lengthier traveling outside the house.
Pompeo tweeted before this 7 days that the diplomats would be withdrawn since they experienced become a “constraint” on US coverage.
The Venezuelan govt disputed Pompeo’s account, stating it experienced instructed the US diplomats to depart.
Because January, the US, Canada and many European countries have named on Maduro to move 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, however, maintains the backing of some Latin American countries, as effectively as Russia, China and Turkey.