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All American diplomats have left Venezuela: Pompeo

AFP  |  Washington 

The has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic personnel from its embassy in as the deepens, said Thursday.

"Today, all US diplomats remaining in departed the country. I know it is a difficult moment for them," he said in a statement.

"They are fully dedicated to our mission of supporting the Venezuelan people's aspirations to live in a democracy and build a better future for their families."

is gripped by an acute economic crisis that has fueled the rise of Juan Guaido, the who in late January declared himself to be the

The embassy closure is set to worsen already tattered relations with US Donald Trump, who has not ruled out military intervention to oust as monitors rapidly unfolding events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation.

The US has already imposed sanctions designed to choke off Venezuelan sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in

The country began returning to normal Thursday following a near-total weeklong blackout that the government has blamed on what it calls sabotage encouraged by the US.

said the diplomatic staff would continue from outside Venezuela to work for its future, help manage the flow of humanitarian assistance and support those "bravely resisting tyranny."

"The government, at all levels, remains firm in its resolve and support for the people of Venezuela and Juan Guaido," added.

"We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins.

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First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 23:40 IST