With the escalation of the Venezuelan crisis, the United States has withdrawn all remaining diplomatic staff from its Embassy in Caracas. "
" Today, all US diplomats left in Venezuela have left the country. I know it's a tough moment for them, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement Thursday.
He said the US would continue to support the opposition leader Juan Guaido, who wants to remove Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and hold elections.
"US diplomats will do it now Continue this mission from other locations, where it will continue to help manage the flow of humanitarian aid to the Venezuelan people and support the democratic actors who are brave against defend the tyranny, "said Pompeo.
All other US diplomats in #Venezuela have left for the time being. We continue to support the people of Venezuela and @jguaido and look forward to returning to a free and democratic Venezuela. #EstamosUnidosVE
̵1; Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) March 14, 2019
A convoy was abandoned Thursday morning from the US embassy in Caracas and the American flag did not fly outside.
Pompeo tweeted earlier this week that the diplomats would be withdrawn because they had become a "restriction" on US politics.
The Venezuelan government denied Pompeo's account and stated that the US diplomats had been asked to.
Closing the Embassy Relations with US President Donald Trump, who does not stop a military intervention to overthrow Maduro, are likely to be exacerbated by Washington as Washington oversees the rapidly developing events in the oil-rich but crippled South American nation.
The US has already imposed sanctions to stifle Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the left-wing government in Caracas.
The country began to return to normal on Thursday, after weeks of blackouts a week on the US side Maduro Maduro has called for a resignation.
Since January, the US, Canada and several European countries have asked Maduro to resign.
She and others now recognize Guaido, the country's leader of opposition-controlled legislatures as Venezuelan's legitimate interim president.
Maduro, however, claims the support of around 50 United Nations states including Russia, China and Turkey.
|Supporters of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro demonstrate in Caracas [AFP]|
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