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USA will withdraw remaining personnel from embassy in Venezuela: Pompeo

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The will be withdrawing its remaining personnel from its embassy in this week, according to US Michael

"The US will withdraw all remaining personnel from @usembassyve this week. This decision reflects the deteriorating situation in #as well as the conclusion that the presence of US diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on US policy," tweeted on Tuesday.

The had, in January, ordered all of its non-emergency government employees to leave Venezuela, following Venezuelan Nicolas Maduro's decision to sever diplomatic ties with the nation due to the ongoing political crisis.

Maduro has accused the of plotting a coup to overthrow him by supporting as the of

On January 23, Guaido declared himself as the President of Venezuela amidst major protests calling for Maduro to step down from his post. The United States, while extending its support to Guaido, also rallied for other nations to side with Guaido. Countries like Japan, UK, recognised Guaido as the interim President, after their ultimatum to Maduro to hold fresh elections expired as the continues to hold on to his post.

While Maduro is the elected President of Venezuela, most of the international community has decried the previous elections as rigged. Making things worse, Venezuela's economy is currently grappling with US-imposed sanctions, as a major shortage of medicines and inflation is leading to growing public dissent against the Maduro-government.

Adding to this, the Latin American country is yet to wholly recover from the total blackout which hit 22 out of 23 states across the nation last week. Maduro has blamed the United States for this major powercut as well, accusing US-supported Guaido of carrying out a cyber attack on Venezuela's power supply system. Around 17 people have died from the blackout alone in the nation, while schools were ordered shut on Monday.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 13:27 IST
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