Chrystia Freeland

Canada suspends Venezuela embassy operations, reviewing Maduro envoys 

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Canada will suspend operations at its embassy in Venezuela instantly since its diplomats will no longer be capable of obtaining visas, the Canadian foreign minister said on Sunday.

Chrystia Freeland said in a statement that President Nicolas Maduro’s “regime has taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function in Venezuela.”

Canada is one of twelve countries in the Lima Group regional bloc, together with Brazil, Argentina and Chile, which knows about opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate Venezuelan leader and is asking for that Maduro resign.

“Unfortunately, at the end of this month, Canadian diplomats in Venezuela will no longer be in a position to obtain diplomatic accreditation under the Maduro regime, and their visas will expire,” Freeland said in the statement. “Therefore, we are left with no choice but to temporarily suspend our operations at the embassy of Canada to Venezuela, effective quickly.

Freeland said Canada was “also evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats appointed by the Maduro regime to Canada.”

Venezuela’s information ministry did not immediately answer a request for comment.

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