President Nicolas Maduro on Wednesday announced that Venezuela’s top diplomat in Washington would be called back to Caracas to protest the decision to renew a U.S. decree imposing sanctions on several top officials from the South American country.
The two nations haven’t exchanged ambassadors since 2010 and Maximilien Sanchez Arvelaiz had been Venezuela’s acting charge d’affaires in the U.S. capital.
“We don’t accept impositions or aggressions,” Maduro said in a televised address announcing that the Venezuelan diplomat was being recalled. “Enough of the arrogance.”
In March of 2015, President Barack Obama slapped sanctions on seven Venezuelan officials, accusing them of perpetrating human rights violations and public corruption in the socialist-governed country. The individuals all came from the top echelon of the state security apparatus that was responsible for cracking down on anti-government protests that rocked Venezuela in 2104 and for pursuing charges against leading opponents. Read more