German ambassador to Venezuela declared persona non grata

German ambassador to Venezuela declared persona non grata

Weddle's assistant Carlos Camacho, a Venezuelan national, was also detained after a raid on his home by the same counter-intelligence agency on Wednesday morning, reported the union, who catalogued 36 cases of journalists held this year.

A statement from Venezuela's Foreign Ministry on Wednesday said German Ambassador Daniel Kriener had repeatedly "interfered in the country's internal affairs, in clear contravention of the norms that govern diplomatic relations".

"They're threatening an important European country that is providing humanitarian help to Venezuela", he said.

BREAKING: Venezuela expels German ambassador for backing Guaido

A government statement said Kriener "showed up at Maiquetia worldwide airport to witness the arrival of the deputy in contempt of the country, Juan Guaido".

'Venezuela considers it unacceptable that a foreign diplomat carries out in its territory a public role closer to that of a political leader aligned with the conspiratorial agenda of extremist sectors of the Venezuelan opposition, ' the government said in a statement. "We are now coordinating our next steps, also with our partners on the ground", a spokesperson said. "Our, Europe's, support for Juan Guaido is unbroken". Maduro says he is the target of a US -backed coup plot. On Tuesday, Maduro belittled his opponents as "opportunists and cowards", but did not mention Guaido by name.

Venezuela broke off diplomatic ties with neighboring Colombia after Maduro's security forces blocked a February 23 attempt by Guaido and allies to bring humanitarian aid into Venezuela from Colombia and Brazil.


Meanwhile, Washington tightened the screws on its campaign of sanctions to force Maduro from power, revoking visas of 77 people linked to the regime, including officials and their families. "Trump is waiting for any excuse to intervene", she went on to say, in reference to the persistent threats leveled by the White House since it threw its weight behind Maduro's ouster in late January.

Station management said they have been unsuccessful in their attempts to reach Weddle.

On Wednesday, the US State Department said Weddle must be freed immediately "unharmed", adding that Mr Maduro "prefers to stifle the truth rather than face it".


Last week, Venezuela deported a team from USA television network Univision after anchor Jorge Ramos said authorities detained them at the presidential palace.


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