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Venezuela is to give a firm response to consul's expulsion

Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro said on Monday in Santiago de Chile that "at the appropriate time, we are going to give a clear, firm and timely response" to the expulsion of Venezuela's consul to Miami

Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro is meeting with the troika of ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Clacs) (Handout photo)
EL UNIVERSAL
Monday January 09, 2012  12:05 PM


Venezuela's Foreign Minister Nicolás Maduro said Monday in Santiago de Chile that Venezuela is going to give a "clear, firm and timely" response to the expulsion by the US government of Livia Acosta Noguera, Venezuela's Consul to Miami.

Maduro expressed his view on his arrival at the seat of the Chilean Foreign Ministry, where the troika of Foreign Ministers of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (Clacs) is meeting on Monday. The troika is also formed by Bruno Rodríguez, Cuba's Foreign Minister, and Alfredo Moreno, Chile's Foreign Minister.

To a question posed by a reporter from Efe, Maduro answered: "Our agenda is the union of Latin America."

"At the appropriate time, we are going to give a clear, firm and timely response about the issue," he added.

A US Department of State spokesman announced on Sunday that Venezuela's consul to Miami Livia Acosta Noguera was declared persona non grata. She was given 72 hours to leave the US, under standard diplomatic procedures.

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