Venezuela has withdrawn its charge d'affaires, Maximilian Arvelaez, from the United States, in response to the renewed decree declaring Venezuela a “threat.”
President Nicolas Maduro announced that the move came in rejection of the executive decree by U.S. President Barack Obama March 3 that declared Venezuela “an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”
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“If they don’t want anything to do with us, Bolivarian Venezuela recalls its ambassador in Washington,” said Maduro.
On Tuesday, Maduro called for people to mobilize against U.S. interference in Venezuela.
"I reject once again this criminal declaration against the peace of the homeland," he said. "I want to call you all to the initiative, to the national march to reject Obama’s new threat to Venezuela, next Saturday. We have to respond in the streets."
The executive order was first issued by Obama in March 2015 and provoked a storm of controversy within Venezuela and a backlash throughout Latin America.
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