All US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo

All US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo

All US diplomats have left Venezuela: Mike Pompeo

"I know it is a hard moment for them", he said in a statement.

Pompeo 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".

Venezuela, which has long suffered from high crime rates and shortages of basic goods, plunged into a deep political crisis in January when Juan Guaidó, the head of the opposition-controlled congress, invoked the constitution to assume an interim presidency, arguing Maduro's 2018 re-election was not legitimate.

"We look forward to resuming our presence once the transition to democracy begins". Earlier Thursday morning, a convoy was seen leaving the U.S. Embassy in Caracas.

A judge ordered him not to leave the country and prohibited him from making public statements - a move rights groups slammed as another example of a growing crackdown on media and free press.

Venezuela is one of the world's foremost crude oil producers and extractors, but a crumbling infrastructure - the result of years of mismanagement by the country's Socialist government - has made the supply impossible to control.

Ordinary people in Venezuela are bearing the brunt of the ongoing power struggle in the country and last week's blackout.

Some neighbourhoods in the northwestern city of Maracaibo, where massive looting occurred during the outages, still didn't have power.

He gave no details
He gave no details

Maduro blamed the blackouts on alleged sabotage engineered by the USA and the Venezuelan opposition.

The U.S. official spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because of the sensitivity of the matter. The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced on Monday, March 11, 2019, that it will withdraw all remaining U.S. personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas this week. He did not clarify what he meant by that remark.

The US has already imposed sanctions created to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas.

Maduro accuses Guaido and the United States of plotting an invasion.

The US has already imposed sanctions created to choke off Venezuelan oil sales, the lifeblood of the leftist government in Caracas. Russian Federation is an ally of Maduro, but its oil interests in Venezuela have been jeopardized since the Trump administration hit PDVSA with sanctions in January.

At the same time, the State Department has revoked 340 visas of Venezuela's representatives, connected with President Nicolas Maduro. Since Monday, the US has revoked 340 visas, 107 of which were for Venezuelan diplomats and their families, according to Palladino.

Maduro called for support from allies including Russian Federation and China as well as the United Nations in investigating the USA "cyber attack" he said was responsible for the blackout.

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