The Canadian Embassy in Venezuela has suspended its operations, as Global Affairs issues a travel advisory against the country.
Global Affairs Canada is advising Canadians to “avoid all travel to Venezuela due to the significant level of violent crime, the unstable political and economic situations and the decline in basic living conditions, including shortages of medication, food staples, gasoline, and water.”
And with that Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that Canadian diplomats would no longer be in a position to obtain diplomatic accreditation under the “illegitimate Maduro regime.”
With that, Canada is shutting down its embassy there.
“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,” said Freeland in a statement.
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“We are also evaluating the status of Venezuelan diplomats appointed by the Maduro regime to Canada.”
Freeland added that notwithstanding this temporary suspension, Canada will continue to stand up for the rights of the Venezuelan people and for a full return to democracy in Venezuela.
In the meantime, Canada will continue to provide consular assistance to Canadians in Venezuela through the Embassy of Canada to Colombia, in Bogotá.