During a March 15 briefing, Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams discussed developments regarding U.S. staffing in Venezuela, the United States continued revocation of visas, and the selection of Ricardo Hausmann as the Venezuelan representative in the Interamerican Development Bank in a briefing at the State Department.
The Special Representative noted that, following Secretary Pompeo's March 14 announcement that U.S. diplomats from the U.S. Embassy in Caracas would be temporarily departing Venezuela, this group of diplomatic staff arrived in the United States on the evening of March 14. Secretary Pompeo met with this group of diplomatic staff at the Department on March 15.
He also reiterated that the team will now continue their mission from other locations, primarily at the State Department in Washington, to continue to support the people of Venezuela as they struggle to return their country to democracy.
Special Representative Abrams expressed gratitude to the Embassy’s locally employed staff for their support to their colleagues as well as their vital work to effort to restore democracy in Venezuela and support a transition to democratic governance under Interim President Guaidó.
In his remarks, Special Representative Abrams also discussed the status of consular services and provided an update on the United States revocation of the visas of individuals responsible for undermining Venezuela’s democracy as well as those who benefit from the regime’s corruption. "This week, we have revoked an additional 340 visas, and that’s a process that will continue," he stated. This action brings the total number of revoked visas to more than 600 since late 2018.
The United States remains committed to helping the people of Venezuela. The United States has provided more than $195 million-including more than $152 million in humanitarian assistance and approximately $43 million in development and economic assistance, to support the generous efforts of countries in the region that are hosting the nearly 3.4 million people who have fled the chaos in Venezuela.
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