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El Salvador expels all Venezuelan diplomats

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — El Salvador has ordered Venezuelan diplomats to leave its territory within 48 hours, in line with El Salvador’s position on the government of President Nicolas Maduro, which he considers illegal.

More than 50 countries, led by the United States, now recognize President Juan Guido as the legitimate president of Venezuela.

Before his election in June, Abu Kaila said he would “distance his country” from the relationship with Caracas and establish close ties with the United States, which has been demanding Maduro give up power.

“The government of El Salvador is expelling the diplomatic corps of the Nicolas Maduro regime,” Abu Keila said in a statement posted on his Twitter account late on Saturday.

US Ambassador Ronald Johnson warmly welcomed the decision. “We applaud the government of President Najib Abu Keila to ensure that El Salvador is on the right side of history,” he said on Twitter.

Leftist President Nicolas Maduro’s government has jailed opposition leaders and faces accusations of torture and arbitrary arrests in its bid to hold power as the country’s economy collapses.

But his government still enjoys strong support at the United Nations, especially from Russia and China.

The Maduro government banned Guaido from traveling outside the country after he tried in April to lead a rapidly unsuccessful military insurgency.

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