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Venezuela leader rejects cordial relations with US

October 1, 2013 • World News


Kelly Keiderling, Charge d’Affairs of the U.S. embassy in Venezuela, arrives to give a news conference after Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro expelled her and two other embassy officials from the country, in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013. Maduro alleged they conspired with “the extreme right” to sabotage the economy and power grid. Keiderling said the allegations were related to the their visit to Bolivar state, home to state-owned foundries and the country’s main hydroelectric plant. On Monday night they were given 48 hours to leave Venezuela. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Nicolas Maduro said Tuesday that Venezuela will not have cordial relations with the United States as long as U.S. diplomats continue what he alleges are attempts to destabilize his country.

He said “new points of contact” can be established, but only if Washington ends such activity.

Maduro’s tough talk came a day after he announced the expulsion of the top U.S. diplomat in Venezuela, Charge d’Affaires Kelly Keiderling, and two other embassy officials, alleging they conspired with “the extreme right” to sabotage the economy and power grid.

The United States again on Tuesday rejected the allegations that it is trying to destabilize this South American Login to read more

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