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Venezuela's Chavez dares US to cut diplomatic ties

Venezuela's Chavez dares US to cut diplomatic ties

President Hugo Chavez is daring the U.S. government to expel his ambassador from Washington in response to Venezuela's rejection of the White House's choice for ambassador in Caracas.
Chavez said he will not allow the U.S. diplomat Larry Palmer to be ambassador, and said "if the government is going to expel our ambassador there, let them do it!"
Chavez also said Tuesday that "if they're going to cut diplomatic relations, let them do it!"
The U.S. has said it stands behind its nomination of Palmer, who is awaiting Senate confirmation. Palmer angered Chavez by suggesting during the confirmation process that morale is low in Venezuela's military and that he is concerned Colombian rebels are finding refuge in Venezuela.


Updated : 2021-06-18 02:08 GMT+08:00