CARACAS, Venezuela – Employees of the US Embassy in Venezuela left the diplomatic mission. This is stated on the website of the Foreign Ministry of Venezuela.
“We inform you that on January 25, the staff of the US diplomatic mission in Caracas was recalled in accordance with the deadlines set,” the statement reads.
Maduro issued an order to the U.S Embassy in Venezuela, that it must ‘evict’ and that U.S citizens must leave. Pretender to the presidency, Guaido, stated to the contrary that the U.S can and should stay. He issued the formal letter on National Assembly letterhead, and signed it ‘President of the Republic’. U.S officials initially recognized this letter as legitimate, and stated their intention to remain in the Bolivarian republic.
When Venezuelan officials reminded the U.S Embassy that not only was this contrary to law in theory, but that in practice their water and power could be shut-off instantaneously, the U.S began to reconsider its position, and staff began to return back to Washington D.C.
U.S Embassies around the world are known universally as serving a dual purpose, housing the operations of the CIA. However, this move will only limit some CIA activities, the American intelligence gathering and subversion organization will likely be able to continue working through other ‘friendly’ embassies such as the Columbian and Brazilian.
Members of the Venezuelan embassy in Washington therefore “began to return to Caracas” on Saturday.
Within 30 days, negotiations should be held on opening offices for mutual interests in Caracas and Washington, where migration procedures and other issues of bilateral interest could be carried out “in strict compliance with international law in the event of a rupture of relations between the countries.”
Recall that in May of last year, presidential elections were held in Venezuela. According to the Central Election Commission of the country, 68% of voters voted for the current President Maduro, for his closest rival, the leader of the Progressive Advance party, Henri Falcon – three times less.
The opposition stated that numerous violations were recorded during the voting, the country’s highest courts however did not agree, and so on January 10th, Maduro took the oath of office of the president.
In the United States and among some European Union countries, his assumption of office for a second term was condemned. France, Spain, England, and Germany issued an ultimatum to the head of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro: either he announces new elections in the country within 8 days, or they recognize the new president of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido.
Venezuelan parliament declared Maduro a usurper. Protests began in the country, and at their peak, the President of the National Assembly of Venezuela, Juan Guaido, was declared acting president.
However, not everyone was willing to agree with this decision – the courts, the majority of the population, most of civil society, and the army support Maduro. During the clashes in the country about a dozen people have died, hundreds of people have been detained.