US diplomats stay in Venezuela for negotiation on setting up “interests offices”

US diplomats stay in Venezuela for negotiation on setting up “interests offices”

US diplomats stay in Venezuela for negotiation on setting up “interests offices”

Written by Reuters

29 Jan, 2019 | 4:25 pm

Reuters-U.S. diplomats are staying in Venezuela as the Maduro government has offered a 30-day period for negotiation on establishing “interests offices” in both countries.

The Venezuelan Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that the Maduro government had offered a 30-day period to negotiate with the Trump administration on the establishment of a “U.S. interests office” in Caracas, and a similar office for Venezuela in the United States.

The U.S. embassy in Venezuela adopted no extra security measures on Sunday, and the security personnel said that the embassy is operating as usual.

Venezuela and the United States recalled some of their diplomats on Friday, after Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on Wednesday that his country had cut off diplomatic relations with the United States, giving U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave the country. That followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s official recognition of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president.

Venezuelan political analyst Heric Giocoechea said that Maduro is the only legal president of Venezuela.

“Now if we want to contact the Miraflores Palace [official workplace of the Venezuelan president], we don’t want to reach Guaido, we still want to contact the Miraflores Palace that is led by President Maduro, who is the only president of Venezuela, and that’s the will of the people,” said Giocoechea.

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