Maduro: US Diplomats must leave Venezuela


Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro addressed journalists in a press conference at the presidential palace in Caracas amid the ongoing political crisis in the country.

During the press conference, Maduro said that there were ‘always channels for communication with the opposition’ and he was ready to meet the head of the National Assembly Juan Guaido who declared himself the country’s interim president at a mass rally on Wednesday, on any conditions.

“There is always a channel for dialogue with opposition, in any circumstances… I will be ready to come [to talk with Guaido] today, tomorrow, and always… If I have to meet with this guy at 3 a.m., I will come… If I have to come naked, I will do it as I’m ready for dialogue,” Maduro said at a press conference broadcast in his Twitter account.

Commenting on the news coverage of events in Venezuela, Maduro stated that the dominant global news networks presented a distorted image of him and the state that would serve Washington’s interests.

Maduro further stressed that the US diplomats must obey an order to leave Venezuela. The official also stressed that the United States was pursuing imperialistic aims and he was against it, therefore, he has abandoned diplomatic ties with Washington. However, he highlighted that other relations with the United States, including trade, will ‘continue to flourish.’ Moreover, he said that Caracas will continue to sell oil to the United States if Washington continues to buy it.

“We will continue to sell everything we are selling. If they [the US] buy potatoes from us — we will sell them, if they buy onions — we will sell them… If they buy oil — we will sell it. But if they don’t buy, then we will sell it to others,” Maduro told a press conference.

Maduro’s press conference comes after on 23 January, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido declared himself the interim president of the country. His claims for the presidency was supported by around a dozen countries, including the US.