U.S. describes Chavez’ early death as "challenging time" for Venezuela
Washington, United States (4E) – In what could be seen as a policy shift, the United States on Tuesday described an early death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez as a “challenging time”.
During these tragic moments, Washington reaffirmed their support to Venezuelan people and vowed to work in developing a constructive relationship with the Latin American nation. “As Venezuela begins a new chapter in its history, the United States remains committed to policies that promote democratic principles, the rule of law, and respect for human rights,” a statement from the White House said.
The U.S.’ remarks came shortly after Venezuelan Foreign Minister Elias Jaua announced the expulsion of two Air Force officials from the U.S. embassy for illegal contacts with its military officials.
Minister Jaua said that Caracas considered the officials as “persona non grata” and hence kicked them out of the country.
Later, Pentagon confirmed one of the expelled American military officials returned to the U.S., but the status of second military official remained unclear. “We are aware of the allegations made by Venezuelan Vice President Nicolas Maduro over state-run television in Caracas, and can confirm that our Air Attache, Col. David Delmonico, is en route back to the United States,” spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Todd Breasseale said in a statement.
Venezuela also alleged its historic enemy U.S. for causing cancer to ailing Chavez – a charge U.S. out rightly rejected.