Canada suspends operations at embassy in Venezuela
TORONTO-The Associated Press
Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement that Canada had no choice.
"Unfortunately, at the end of this month, Canadian diplomats in Venezuela will no longer be in a position to obtain diplomatic accreditation under the Maduro regime, and their visas will expire. Therefore, we are left with no choice but to temporarily suspend our operations at the Embassy of Canada to Venezuela, effective immediately."
Canada has played a key role within the Lima Group, which is made up of nearly a dozen Latin American nations and Canada. It has led the push to recognize opposition lawmaker Juan Guaido as Venezuela's rightful leader and seeks ways to remove Maduro. Freeland said Canada will continue to speak out against the Maduro regime.
Freeland is attending a Lima Group meeting in New York on June 3.
The U.S. withdrew its remaining embassy staff from Venezuela in March, citing a deteriorating situation.
Venezuela is in the throes of a historic political and social crisis marked by shortages of food and medicine that has driven 3 million people to flee the country in recent years.