Venezuela to allow EU ambassador to remain in Caracas

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Venezuela will allow the European Union’s ambassador to remain in Caracas, the foreign ministry said on Thursday. The EU subjected the officials to financial sanctions, citing their actions against the democratic functioning of Venezuela’s National Assembly. The announcement comes after president Nicolas Maduro on Monday expelled the EU envoy, hours after the bloc announced sanctions against 11 Venezuelan officials loyal to the president. “Cooperation between both parties can facilitate the path of political dialogue”, the ministry said, adding that Venezuela’s foreign minister Jorge Arreaza and his EU counterpart Josep Borrell had spoken about the issue over the phone. Among the sanctioned officials is legislator Luis Parra, who was declared head of the assembly during a chaotic session on January 5 after troops blocked opposition leader Juan Guaido from entering the chamber.
Arreaza denounced on Monday that the United States plans a naval blockade against the country and warned that the Venezuelan Armed Forces are prepared to defend themselves. style=”font-size:40px; line-height: 1.3em; font-weight: 800; padding:7px;”>Venezuela to allow EU ambassador to remain in Caracas

By Elena Pavlovska
Journalist

epa08281844 Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza during a meeting with the diplomatic corps of different accredited countries in Caracas, Venezuela, 09 March 2020. EPA-EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez

Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza during a meeting with the diplomatic corps of different accredited countries in Caracas, Venezuela, 09 March 2020. Arreaza denounced on Monday that the United States plans a naval blockade against the country and warned that the Venezuelan Armed Forces are prepared to defend themselves. EPA-EFE/Miguel Gutiérrez

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