Pompeo warns Maduro to protect US diplomats: ‘Do not test our resolve’

Pompeo is pictured voting at the United Nations during a Security Council meeting about the situation in Venezuela in the Manhattan borough of New York City. (Reuters)

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday warned Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro to protect the US embassy, hours before an expulsion deadline by the president no longer recognized by Washington.

“Let me be 100 percent clear -- President Trump and I fully expect that our diplomats will continue to receive protections provided under the Vienna Convention,” Pompeo told a special UN Security Council session on Venezuela.

“Do not test the United States on our resolve to protect our people.”

Pompeo on Saturday also said he hoped countries who have expressed support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido also disconnect their financial system from the regime of President Nicolas Maduro, who Washington is urging to step down.

“We hope that each and every nation will join us in recognizing interim President Juan Guaido,” Pompeo told reporters on the sidelines of a meeting at the United Nations on Venezuela.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:54 - GMT 06:54