The United States Government has accepted a new Venezuelan envoy to Washington, D.C., according to a statement by the U.S. State Department.
“The United States accepted interim President Juan Guaido’s designation of Carlos Alfredo Vecchio as the Chargé d’Affaires of the Government of Venezuela to the United States on January 25,” the statement said. “Mr. Vecchio will have authority over diplomatic affairs in the United States on behalf of Venezuela.”
After his accreditation, Mr. Vecchio met with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale, who reaffirmed the United States’ strong support for interim President Guaido’s leadership of Venezuela. The United States looks forward to working with Mr. Vecchio and other diplomatic staff as designated by interim President Guaido.
The change comes after the U.S., Latin America, and European nations all declared Juan Guaido interim president of Venezuela after former dictator Nicolas Maduro held unconstitutional elections in May and illegally harassed opposition candidates.
Venezuelan elections are normally held in December and since no President was legally voted in by the people, the leader of the national assembly, Juan Guaido, is made interim president until elections are held.
Source: U.S. Department of State