CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela’s overseas ministry stated on Sunday it was expelling El Salvador’s diplomats from the nation, in response to the Central American nation’s resolution to expel diplomats representing Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.
In a press release, the ministry stated it might give the diplomats 48 hours to go away. El Salvador President Nayib Bukele’s authorities doesn’t acknowledge Maduro as professional and stated on Saturday it might obtain a brand new diplomatic corps representing opposition chief Juan Guaido.
Guaido, who presides over the opposition-controlled Nationwide Meeting, in January invoked the South American nation’s structure to imagine an interim presidency, arguing Maduro stole the 2018 election. He has been acknowledged by dozens of Western international locations, together with the USA.
The Salvadoran transfer got here lower than per week after the U.S. authorities prolonged momentary protections for Salvadorans dwelling in the USA by an additional yr.
“Salvadoran authorities are respiratory oxygen into the failing U.S. technique of intervention and financial blockade towards the folks of Venezuela,” Venezuela’s ministry stated. “Bukele is formally assuming the unhappy function of a pawn of U.S. overseas coverage.”
Maduro, a socialist, calls Guaido a U.S. puppet looking for to oust him in a coup, and blames U.S. sanctions for a hyperinflationary financial collapse that has led to a humanitarian disaster within the once-prosperous OPEC nation, prompting tens of millions to to migrate.
Whereas most of Venezuela’s neighbors acknowledge Guaido and have referred to as on Maduro to step down, Maduro has remained in energy due to the backing of the armed forces and allies together with Russia, China and Cuba.
Reporting by Luc Cohen, Enhancing by Rosalba O’Brien