US opens interim Venezuela office in Colombia amid internal conflict

US opens interim Venezuela office in Colombia amid internal conflict
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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday announced that the United States has opened an interim diplomatic Venezuela office in Colombia amid internal conflict over Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro's efforts to remain in power, APA reports citing The Hill. 

Pompeo said Charge d’Affaires James Story will oversee the Venezuela Affairs Unit (VAU), which is located at the U.S. Embassy in Bogota‎, Colombia: "The VAU is continuing the U.S. mission to the legitimate Government of Venezuela and to the Venezuelan people. The VAU will continue to work for the restoration of democracy and the constitutional order in that country, and the security and well-being of the Venezuelan people", Pompeo said in a statement.

The announcement of the VAU comes as the U.S. is supporting efforts to force Maduro out of power. In January, President Trump formally recognized Juan Guaidó as the nation’s interim president, a move in which more than 50 other nations followed suit.

The VAU, Pompeo says, will only work with "Guaido, the democratically elected National Assembly, Venezuelan civil society, and the people of Venezuela. The United States stands with interim President Juan Guaido, the National Assembly, and the people of Venezuela as they seek to regain their democracy," Pompeo said.

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