Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

US Diplomats Leave Venezuela 'For The Time Being'

US Diplomats Leave Venezuela 'For The Time Being'

According to Reuters US official said the diplomats were flown out in a civilian charter aircraft. He said staffers look forward to resuming their presence in Venezuela "once the transition to democracy begins". The diplomats left the country on a chartered civilian aircraft.

Ordinary people in Venezuela are bearing the brunt of the ongoing power struggle in the country and last week's blackout. However, the Venezuelan government had described the remaining American diplomats as a threat to the country's peace and stability.

While the power outage in the country which holds the world's largest oil reserves has shut down oil production and processing operations as well as the main oil export terminal, the blackout has caused massive shortages of running water. The subway began operating in the capital, Caracas, though not all of its stations were open.

A general view of the entrance of the U.S. Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela March 14, 2019.

Maduro blamed the blackouts on alleged sabotage engineered by the US and the Venezuelan opposition. Maduro, backed by the military, refuses to hand over the government to Guaido.

The Venezuelan government disputed Pompeo's account, saying it had instructed the US diplomats to leave.

The Venezuelan authorities have accused the United States of waging a cyberattack against the hydroelectric power plant, the claim denied by Washington. The United States and 54 other countries have recognized Guaido Venezuela's interim president. Faced with questions about the recognition amounting to only a quarter of the world's countries, the State Department has repeatedly argued that the number doesn't matter, because the countries that sided with the U.S. are "democracies" and that is supposed to count for more somehow.

"Since this Monday. we have revoked 340 visas, 107 of which include visas of Maduro's former diplomats and their families", Palladino told reporters.

Also Thursday, the State Department confirmed it has revoked 340 USA visas from Venezuelans, including more than 100 former diplomats and their families.

Bolivia's leftist President Evo Morales, a supporter of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro, said on Friday that European nations should support a dialogue within the country.

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