The United States has ordered all non-emergency personnel out of Venezuela after President Nicolas Maduro appeared in parliament to declare closure of consulates in America. The US State Department said Thursday all non-emergency government employees should depart Venezuela and US citizens ‘residing or traveling in Venezuela’ were also warned that they ‘should strongly consider departing’. An alert said: ‘The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Venezuela. If choosing to stay, ensure you have adequate supplies to shelter in place.’ Venezuela earlier said it will close its embassy and all consulates in the United States, one day after Maduro broke off diplomatic relations in response to U.S. recognition of an opposition leader as interim president. In a speech, Maduro added that he agreed with a call by Mexico and Uruguay for dialogue between Venezuela’s government and opposition for a resolution to the South American country’s political crisis. Venezuela’s military echoed the President’s calls for a resolution of the crisis, with Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino saying Thursday: ‘We are here to avoid, at all costs a conflict between Venezuelans. It is not civil war, a war between brothers that will solve the problems of Venezuela. It… Read full this story
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