Bolivia's Morales says Venezuela needs dialogue, not foreign meddling

Lester Mason
March 15, 2019

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

Maduro was fiercely critical of national security adviser John Bolton and Elliott Abrams, the USA special envoy for Venezuela.

"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", he added.

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

Pompeo tweeted earlier in the week that the USA diplomats were being withdrawn because their continued presence in Caracas had become a "constraint" on US policy.

A convoy was seen leaving the U.S. embassy in Caracas on Thursday morning and the American flag was no longer flying outside.

He said the USA remains committed to supporting opposition leader Juan Guaido, who wants to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and hold elections.

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.

Pompeo released a video statement directly to the Venezuelan people on Thursday to reassure them of US support in the wake of the withdrawal. Palladino urged any US citizens left in Venezuela to leave.

"The United States government, at all levels, remains firm in its resolve and support for the people of Venezuela and interim President Juan Guaidó", Pompeo said in a statement.

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

Guaido denied the allegations at an anti-Maduro protest Tuesday.

Also Thursday, Russia's Gazprombank said it was pulling out of a joint venture with PDVSA, Venezuela's state oil company, Russian state media reported. "The whole world knows who the saboteur is", he said. Bolivia's left-wing president on Thursday compared Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido to an erstwhile colonial viceroy and spoke out against any military intervention in the troubled country.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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