The USA will neither tear off diplomatic relations with Venezuela, nor to close the Embassy

The United States does not intend to sever diplomatic relations with Venezuela, however, maintained such relationships are still only using the opposition leader of Venezuela Juan Guaido. This was stated on Sunday by a representative of the US foreign Ministry, commenting on issues related to the current state of bilateral diplomatic relations between Washington and Caracas

“We have no plans to close the Embassy in Caracas,” the state Department official said. However, she left from a direct response to a request for clarification is it the intention of the American administration to fulfill the requirement of the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Venezuela on the downgrading of the US Embassy in Caracas and its transformation in the interests section. Venezuelan foreign Ministry signaled that it plans to do the same with the Embassy of his country in Washington.

“The United States continues to maintain diplomatic relations with Venezuela through the government of the provisional President of Guaido, who invited our mission to stay in Venezuela,” — said the representative of the state Department. Meanwhile, the current Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said about the severance of diplomatic relations with the United States earlier.

The state Department employee categorically refused to disclose the number of American diplomats remaining in Caracas and to give the same data about their Venezuelan colleagues in Washington. “The state Department does not comment on personnel and personnel issues,” the diplomat explained.

The state Department employee categorically refused to disclose the number of American diplomats remaining in Caracas and to give the same data about their Venezuelan colleagues in Washington. “The state Department does not comment on personnel and personnel issues,” the diplomat explained.

At the same time, she recalled that on January 24, the state Department ordered that Venezuela be left “working in the American Embassy in Caracas, directly employed personnel of the US government, not required under emergency circumstances”, as well as members of the families of such civil servants. This decision was made taking into account the “assessment of the security situation in Venezuela», stated the diplomat. In this regard, she added that ensuring the safety of employees of the US diplomatic missions abroad is a “top priority” for the state Department.

The foreign Ministry statement

On Saturday, the Venezuelan foreign Ministry said that Washington and Caracas “agreed to negotiate to open a section of interests in each of the capitals < … > strictly observing international law in cases of rupture of relations between the countries.” According to the Venezuelan foreign Ministry, “a period of 30 days was set aside to reach this agreement.”

According to the foreign Ministry, in this regard, part of the staff of the US diplomatic missions and Venezuela received permission to stay in Caracas and Washington, respectively. “In the event that within the specified period will not be able to reach an agreement, the two missions will cease their work and both States will move to the appointment of those whom they choose to represent their interests,” — said in the text of the statement of the Venezuelan foreign Ministry.