March 6, 2019 / 6:19 PM / 7 months ago

German, European support for Venezuela's Guaido is unwavering - Maas

FILE PHOTO: German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaks during a news conference following a meeting with his Ukrainian counterpart Pavlo Klimkin in Kiev, Ukraine January 18, 2019. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko/File Photo

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany and its European partners will continue to back Venezuela’s opposition leader Juan Guaido, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Wednesday after the Venezuelan government expelled the German ambassador.

“This is an incomprehensible decision, which escalates the situation instead of easing tensions,” Maas said in a statement. “The European support for Juan Guaido is unwavering.”

He said Germany’s ambassador to Venezuela would be returning home for consultations.

Reporting by Joseph Nasr; editing by John Stonestreet

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