Published On: Wed, Mar 20th, 2013

Venezuela breaks ties with U.S.

Elias JauaCARACAS - Venezuela has broken all diplomatic ties with the United States.

The Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua said Wednesday that the step was taken because of the U.S. interference in internal affairs of Venezuela.

Relations are only restored when the U.S. respects the sovereignty of Venezuela and cease to comment on domestic issues in Venezuela, said Jaua.

The Venezuelan government expelled two employees of the U.S. embassy earlier this month. The two military attachés spoke with members of the Venezuelan armed forces. Washington,  in turn expelled two Venezuelan diplomats from the U.S.. The pair was warmly welcomed by Jaua on Wednesday.

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