Canada suspends embassy operations in Venezuela after Maduro dictatorship refuses to renew diplomat visas

Maduro dictatorship is refusing to renew Canadian diplomat visas, forcing Canada to suspend embassy operations in Caracas, Venezuela this past weekend. Canada has been critical of the Maduro regime and recognizes interim president Juan Guaido as the legitimate leader of Venezuela.

Via The Washington Post:

Canada suspended operations at its embassy in Venezuela on Sunday, saying the regime of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro regime would not renew visas for its diplomats.

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a statement that Canada had no choice.

“The regime has taken steps to limit the ability of foreign embassies to function in Venezuela, particularly those advocating for the restoration of democracy in Venezuela,” Freeland said. “Unfortunately, at the end of this month, Canadian diplomats in Venezuela will no longer be in a position to obtain diplomatic accreditation under the Maduro regime, and their visas will expire. Therefore, we are left with no choice but to temporarily suspend our operations at the Embassy of Canada to Venezuela, effective immediately.”

Freeland said Canada is evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats appointed by the Maduro regime to Canada.

The move was in obvious retaliation for Canada’s opposition to the Cuban-backed Maduro dictatorship. It seems Maduro was expecting Canada would coddle his socialist dictatorship the same way they coddle Cuba’s Castro dictatorship.