US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this Wednesday that the country will reopen its embassy in Caracas as soon as Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro “steps aside” for Washington under the “democratic transition” plan.
“I asked my team to update our plans to reopen the US Embassy in Caracas so that we are ready to return as soon as Maduro steps aside,” Pompeo said at a press conference.
Bilateral relations have been tense since Maduro’s arrival at the Miraflores Palace. However, the final closure of the embassy and U.S. consulates in Venezuela and the removal of all staff took place in January 2019 after the White House recognized Juan Guaidó as the “responsible president” of the country.
The head of the State Department has trusted that the American flag will fly again in the Venezuelan capital because “multilateral efforts to restore democracy continue”.