Denouncing the nation of Panama as a 'lackey,' Venezuela severs diplomatic ties
By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
3/6/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
In yet another dramatic move on the part of the South American nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has severed diplomatic ties with Panama. Denouncing the country as being a "lackey" of the United States, Maduro accused Panama of being aligned with the U.S. in conspiracy against his government.
In yet another dramatic move on the part of the South American nation of Venezuela, President Nicolas Maduro has severed diplomatic ties with Panama.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "There are maneuvers by the U.S. government plotting with a lackey government that has a right-wing president who is leaving in the next few months, who is not worthy of his people, who has been working actively against Venezuela," President Maduro said on Venezuelan television.
Maduro says that Panama has been actively pushing for regional organizations to intervene in Venezuela. Maduro in his response said he was cutting off diplomatic and political ties. He has also frozen trade relations with Panama's current government "in defense of the homeland's sovereignty."
In a Twitter response, Panamanian President Ricardo Martinelli claimed he was surprised by Venezuela's decision. "Panama only longs for its brother country to find peace and strengthen its democracy," he said.
Recent anti-government protests in Venezuela have posed the biggest threat Maduro has faced since his election last year.
Panama's government denied Maduro's accusations last week and said it had tried to encourage action by the Organization of American States to help promote dialogue, democracy and human rights in Venezuela.
"We reject as unacceptable the insults uttered by President Nicolas Maduro against our country and its highest authority. The foul language used is inappropriate for the president of a brother country," the statement said.
Political unrest has stormed Venezuela over the past several weeks -- Maduro expelled three U.S. diplomats form his country last month, accusing them of conspiring against his government.
In retaliation, the U.S. expelled three Venezuelan diplomats last week in retaliation.
The State Department has repeatedly denied Venezuela's accusations that it's funding opposition efforts to topple Maduro's government or involved in other conspiracy plots.
"Venezuela, rather than trying to distract from its own failings by making up false accusations against diplomats from the United States, the government ought to focus on addressing the legitimate grievances of the Venezuelan people," U.S. President Barack Obama told reporters last month.
Copyright 2017 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK
Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for OCTOBER 2017
Workers and the Unemployed. That all workers may receive respect and protection of their rights, and that the unemployed may receive the opportunity to contribute to the common good.
One of the Vatican's top diplomatic voices has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump's recent decision to end the Temporary Protected ... continue reading
Juarez, located in the state of Chihuahua in northern Mexico, was considered from 2008 to 2010 to be one of the the most dangerous cities ... continue reading
The Puerto Rican bishops' conference issued a message of hope to Puerto Ricans after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed much of the U.S. ... continue reading
Prayers for Puerto Rico - Residents without food, water or electricity as some facilities reopen Watch
The situation in Puerto Rico remains dire as the first shipments of food arrive. The island has been without power, or drinkable water ... continue reading
A series of earthquakes around the Ring of Fire has sparked curiosity. Except for a relatively tiny earthquake in Los Angeles on September ... continue reading
by Catholic Online
- Daily Reading for Monday, November 27th, 2017 HD Video
- Hope and Peace: Persecuted Christians are asked to look to the Sign ...
- Daily Readings for Saturday, November 25, 2017
- St. Catherine of Alexandria: Saint of the Day for Saturday, November ...
- Over 200 worshipers killed during Friday prayer in BRUTAL terrorist ...
- Daily Reading for Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 HD Video
- 'A Sad Decision': Vatican officials criticize President Trump's ...
- Will 2018 be the year the Big One hits California? The news media makes a shocking claim HD
- Daily Reading for Sunday, November 26th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Saturday, November 25th, 2017 HD
- Daily Reading for Friday, November 24th, 2017 HD
Learn about Catholic world
Inform - Inspire - Ignite
Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained
Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need
Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online
Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye
Today's bible reading
Products and services we offer
Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books
The California Network
Inspiring streaming service
Learn the Catholic way