United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday called on the Venezuelan authorities to release six former Citgo oil company executives. He claimed that “more than a thousand days” had passed since her arrest and the COVID pandemic -19 her life was at risk.
In a statement, Pompeo recalled the cases of Tomeu Vadell, José Luis Zambrano, Alirio Zambrano, Jorge Toledo, Gustavo Cardenas and José Pereira, four of whom are in prison and two of whom are under house arrest. The head of US diplomacy has requested the “unconditional” release of all of them and their return to the United States.
“It is time for (Venezuelan President Nicolás) Maduro to put politics aside and allow these families to meet again,” said Pompeo, who has reiterated the Donald Trump administration’s commitment to rescue all detainees “wrong” abroad.
The six executives were arrested in November 2017 and the oil company they worked for, a PDVSA subsidiary in the United States, is one of the major concessions Washington made to the President of the National Assembly, Juan Guaidó, who is the legitimate president of the South American country is recognized.