US expels two Venezuelan diplomats

Last Updated: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 22:18

US expels two Venezuelan diplomats

Washington: The Obama administration has expelled two Venezuelan diplomats, further setting back US efforts to repair relations with the Latin American country after President Hugo Chavez`s death.

The move is in retaliation for Venezuela`s expulsion of two American military attaches after Chavez died last week.

US officials say junior diplomats Orlando Jose Montanez Olivares and Victor Camacaro Mata were told to return home over the weekend and left the US on Monday.

Washington wants to repair ties with Venezuela but has made little headway so far. Beyond the diplomatic tit-for-tat, Venezuelan officials have accused the US of being responsible for Chavez`s cancer and sought to rally anti-US sentiment ahead of an April election for a new leader.

PTI



First Published: Monday, March 11, 2013 - 22:18

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